The Malta Gay Rights Movement has launched an educational campaign aimed at promoting acceptance and countering bullying.

Gabriella Calleja, coordinator of the movement, told a press conference that the campaign will run throughout the scholastic year.

It will be based on video clips, posters and other literature, aimed at discouraging the use of disparaging homophomic and transphobic language which is used on an everyday basis to insult people; physical bullying because of a person's sexual orientation;  the need to encourage gays to 'come out' and the need for parents to listen to their children.

The campaign is targeting secondary schools and also includes lesson plans for teachers.

The campaign is being held in collaboration with Drachma Parents - an inclusive support group for parents.

Anthony Girard, representing Drachma, said group representatives last year met the Archbishop to voice their concern about the Church's attitude to gay people. Parents loved their children unconditionally, he said, and he felt the church should do the same.

The €9,000 campaign is fully funded by the Voices Foundation.

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