NSW Attorney-General Bob Debus (pictured) has announced a $75,000 annual funding scheme to support anti-bullying and anti-homophobia programs.

Debus said recent research suggested that one-third of young people who are attracted to each other believed that they had been discriminated against.

Almost $25,000 of the funding will be used to build on the excellent work of the Skools Out program to reduce homophobia in the playground.

The remaining funds will be directed toward a range of initiatives aimed at preventing violence directed at gay, lesbian and transgender communities and administered through the Crime Prevention Division of the Attorney-General’s Department.

Debus congratulated Skools Out as the winner of the Outstanding Community Event award for this year’s Mardi Gras festival, praising the staff members of the Crime Prevention Division and the Anti-Discrimination Board for coordinating the program.

Skools Out produced a brochure with tips to teach students how to deal with bullies, part of which included the triple-A non-violent approach of Assert, Avoid, Affirm.

The award is recognition from the gay and lesbian community of the effectiveness of the department’s hard work, Debus said.

The Crime Prevention Division and the Anti-Discrimination Board have long been active promoters of the rights of all people to a safer community. The government will continue to pursue those aims.

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