Cwmbran teen helps fight homophobic bullying

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A CWMBRAN teenager is using his own experience of homophobic bullying to support others.

Scott McCarthy, 19, experienced years of homophobic bullying growing up, but now wants to provide support to young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Wales. He explained: "I was bullied from a very young age because I was different to most guys. I have always had a passion for theatre, dance and music.

"Coming out as gay to people then became even harder as I was scared the abuse, mostly verbal, would become worse."

He believes that there is currently not enough help available to LGBT people, so he has become one of the first people in Wales to work as a fixer.

Fixers is a movement of 16 to 25-year-olds who are supported to take action on issues they feel strongly about.

When Mr McCarthy was growing up he said that he felt increasingly alienated as he was bullied at school and on the social networking site Facebook.

His experiences have made him determined to prevent other young people from going through the same thing.

He added: "To make a difference to one person’s life would be great, but if we could change society, I think that would be fantastic."

Mr McCarthy, who is studying youth and community work at the University of Wales, Newport, not only wants to help those who are struggling personally, but also to educate others by breaking down stereotypes.

To do this he has produced his own Fixers film called PRYDE, which stands for Pride, Rights, You, Different, Equality, to be used as an educational resource.

In the long-term, he aims to set up a charity, also called PRYDE, to spread his message further.

Commenting on the arrival of Fixers in Wales, Children’s Commissioner for Wales Keith Towler said: "What I admire most about the scheme is how it provides young people the freedom to express themselves creatively and empowers them to smash the stereotypes that exist about their generation."

Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT), funded by the Big Lottery Fund which awarded them £7.2 million in April 2012.

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9:08pm Tue 5 Feb 13

rhinestine says...

People get bullied for all different kinds of things but they don't set up support groups for it.

Your different, get over it, no one cares! Just get on with your life.
People get bullied for all different kinds of things but they don't set up support groups for it. Your different, get over it, no one cares! Just get on with your life. rhinestine
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12:29am Wed 6 Feb 13

smokintheweed says...

rhinestine wrote:
People get bullied for all different kinds of things but they don't set up support groups for it.

Your different, get over it, no one cares! Just get on with your life.
*you're

Your post is nonsense too.
[quote][p][bold]rhinestine[/bold] wrote: People get bullied for all different kinds of things but they don't set up support groups for it. Your different, get over it, no one cares! Just get on with your life.[/p][/quote]*you're Your post is nonsense too. smokintheweed
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12:22pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Independentvoter says...

Many children have sadly committed suicide because of bullying for whatever reasons.

If Scott can stop just one death then its got to be a good thing hasn't it ?

Its good to see someone doing something positive for a change and hopefully making a difference to peoples lives.
Many children have sadly committed suicide because of bullying for whatever reasons. If Scott can stop just one death then its got to be a good thing hasn't it ? Its good to see someone doing something positive for a change and hopefully making a difference to peoples lives. Independentvoter
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12:40pm Wed 6 Feb 13

maryjj says...

Good for you Scott. Sadly, bullies will never be eradicated and they often carry on into adulthood, throwing their weight around the workplace.

Being different should be applauded but sometimes it's difficult to just get on with life when bullies make you the constant focus for physical and emotional torture, day in, day out. It makes life unbearable.

I do believe though that people who are bullied need somewhere accessible to turn to and hopefully you can do this for future generations making life for those individuals better.
Good for you Scott. Sadly, bullies will never be eradicated and they often carry on into adulthood, throwing their weight around the workplace. Being different should be applauded but sometimes it's difficult to just get on with life when bullies make you the constant focus for physical and emotional torture, day in, day out. It makes life unbearable. I do believe though that people who are bullied need somewhere accessible to turn to and hopefully you can do this for future generations making life for those individuals better. maryjj
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1:01pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

Well done to this young man - and such a contrast to some of our spineless, clapped-out, reactionary miserly MPs who would deny the right of two people in love to get married just because they happen to be of the same sex! It's a pity that the same sort of homophobic, transphobic and also sexist bullying that we endured when I was at school is sadly still going on. Homophobic and transphobic bullies are truly vile specimens: I can remember going to school drenched in spit for being transgender. Aren't the sort of 'Christians' who voted against the same-sex marriage bill such lovely, respectable people?!
Well done to this young man - and such a contrast to some of our spineless, clapped-out, reactionary miserly MPs who would deny the right of two people in love to get married just because they happen to be of the same sex! It's a pity that the same sort of homophobic, transphobic and also sexist bullying that we endured when I was at school is sadly still going on. Homophobic and transphobic bullies are truly vile specimens: I can remember going to school drenched in spit for being transgender. Aren't the sort of 'Christians' who voted against the same-sex marriage bill such lovely, respectable people?! Katie Re-Registered
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3:49pm Wed 6 Feb 13

rhinestine says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Well done to this young man - and such a contrast to some of our spineless, clapped-out, reactionary miserly MPs who would deny the right of two people in love to get married just because they happen to be of the same sex! It's a pity that the same sort of homophobic, transphobic and also sexist bullying that we endured when I was at school is sadly still going on. Homophobic and transphobic bullies are truly vile specimens: I can remember going to school drenched in spit for being transgender. Aren't the sort of 'Christians' who voted against the same-sex marriage bill such lovely, respectable people?!
It's not right that gays can get married and adopt kids. However, if they want to have a relationship and live a happy life together, they should be free to do so.

Smokingtheweed is back, correcting my spelling errors, what would I do without you?

Oh well back to the day job, you can check the latest policy I am writing if you like? However, I don't think you would grasp the concept......
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Well done to this young man - and such a contrast to some of our spineless, clapped-out, reactionary miserly MPs who would deny the right of two people in love to get married just because they happen to be of the same sex! It's a pity that the same sort of homophobic, transphobic and also sexist bullying that we endured when I was at school is sadly still going on. Homophobic and transphobic bullies are truly vile specimens: I can remember going to school drenched in spit for being transgender. Aren't the sort of 'Christians' who voted against the same-sex marriage bill such lovely, respectable people?![/p][/quote]It's not right that gays can get married and adopt kids. However, if they want to have a relationship and live a happy life together, they should be free to do so. Smokingtheweed is back, correcting my spelling errors, what would I do without you? Oh well back to the day job, you can check the latest policy I am writing if you like? However, I don't think you would grasp the concept...... rhinestine
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6:09pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Llanmartinangel says...

rhinestine wrote:
Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Well done to this young man - and such a contrast to some of our spineless, clapped-out, reactionary miserly MPs who would deny the right of two people in love to get married just because they happen to be of the same sex! It's a pity that the same sort of homophobic, transphobic and also sexist bullying that we endured when I was at school is sadly still going on. Homophobic and transphobic bullies are truly vile specimens: I can remember going to school drenched in spit for being transgender. Aren't the sort of 'Christians' who voted against the same-sex marriage bill such lovely, respectable people?!
It's not right that gays can get married and adopt kids. However, if they want to have a relationship and live a happy life together, they should be free to do so.

Smokingtheweed is back, correcting my spelling errors, what would I do without you?

Oh well back to the day job, you can check the latest policy I am writing if you like? However, I don't think you would grasp the concept......
I think if you gave kids the option of being brought up in a loving gay couple's home or staying in care you might be surprised by the result. Society and children adapt. As for this lad, any action against bullies (including the cyber/troll variety) is good. End of.
[quote][p][bold]rhinestine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Well done to this young man - and such a contrast to some of our spineless, clapped-out, reactionary miserly MPs who would deny the right of two people in love to get married just because they happen to be of the same sex! It's a pity that the same sort of homophobic, transphobic and also sexist bullying that we endured when I was at school is sadly still going on. Homophobic and transphobic bullies are truly vile specimens: I can remember going to school drenched in spit for being transgender. Aren't the sort of 'Christians' who voted against the same-sex marriage bill such lovely, respectable people?![/p][/quote]It's not right that gays can get married and adopt kids. However, if they want to have a relationship and live a happy life together, they should be free to do so. Smokingtheweed is back, correcting my spelling errors, what would I do without you? Oh well back to the day job, you can check the latest policy I am writing if you like? However, I don't think you would grasp the concept......[/p][/quote]I think if you gave kids the option of being brought up in a loving gay couple's home or staying in care you might be surprised by the result. Society and children adapt. As for this lad, any action against bullies (including the cyber/troll variety) is good. End of. Llanmartinangel
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