Even in a generally accepting society today, homophobic bullying still exists. I know this not just because of my experiences of it, but because a close friend of mine committed suicide due to the extent of the bullying.
Homophobic bullying is damaging to the victim, and is illegal in many instances. Yet it still happens and tragedies like that of my friend still occur.
I got together with a group of friends aged 13-19yrs from my town of Batley to raise awareness of homophobic bullying, and to put a stop to it.
Every Fixer in the film identifies with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, so a lot of the scenes in the film were based on actual homophobic experiences we had seen and felt.
Once the film was completed, we showed it to schools in our area to show what homophobic bullying is, why it is wrong, and how you can put a stop to it – and where victims can turn to if they need help.