The YouTuber and LGBTQ+ advocate will be working with Stonewall UK this week to bring greater awareness to homophobic bullying.
In a video introducing his involvement, Calum reads a collection of viewers’ own personal bullying stories, concluding the piece by recounting his own experience of being a bystander.
“When I was just a teenager, I watched another boy get bullied for being gay,” he explains in the video. “I said nothing and I did nothing, and that still haunts me today.”
Calum’s partnership with the #NoBystanders movement expands his portfolio of activism work within the LGBTQ+ community. His other work includes partnering with Switchboard this past June to create 30 LGBT collaboration videos for LGBT pride month, working as an ambassador for the Freedom To Donate movement and walking with Stonewall UK in London’s gay pride parade.
By partnering with Stonewall for the Anti-Bullying Week campaign, Calum joins the efforts of more than 16,000 individuals who have signed the organisation’s #NoBystanders pledge, which aims to empower individuals to get involved when they witness bullying behaviour. As highlighted on their site:
“In the last year, 1 in 5 of people admit to making offensive remarks about LGBT people. In the last month alone, 30 per cent of people have heard offensive remarks about LGBT people, but 63 percent didn’t do anything about it.”
Those interested in signing the petition and/or donating to Stonewall UK’s efforts can do so by visiting the organisation’s website.
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