- LGBTQ+ Bullying
- Treating LGBTQ+ Students With Respect
- LGBTQ+ Bullying Prevention | Start a Gay-Straight Alliance at Your School
- Use Crafting to End Bullying: #HatNotHate | Lion Brand Notebook
- What is STOMP Out Bullying
- How Knitters & Crocheters Can Help
- Why Blue Hats?
- Make Your Own Blue #HatNotHate
- 13 Free Knit Hat Patterns
- 10 Free Crochet Hat Patterns
- Let’s Use Crafting to End Bullying
- Small Gestures Make a Big Difference
Schools should be a young person's primary center for learning, growing, and building a foundation for success in the world. High school can be challenging for any student, but LGBTQ+ youth face additional obstacles of harassment, abuse, and violence.
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer bullying is alarming. In fact 9 10 LGBTQ+ students reported being harassed and bullied last year.
- Over one-third of LGBTQ+ students are physically assaulted at school because their sexual orientation and gender identity are different than those of heterosexual students.
- About two-thirds of LGBTQ+ students reported having ever been sexually harassed (e.g., sexual remarks made, being touched inappropriately) in school in the past year.
- Over half of all students report hearing homophobic remarks often at school. More than 30% reported missing at least a day of school in the past month fear for their personal safety.
- LGBTQ+ students at schools with comprehensive policies on bullying and harassment are much more ly to report harassment to school authorities who, in turn, were more ly to respond effectively.
- The average GPA for students who were frequently physically harassed because of their sexual orientation was half a grade lower than that of other students.
- LGBTQ+ students are twice as ly to say that they were not planning on completing high school or going on to college.
- Gay teens are 8.4 times more ly to report having attempted suicide and 5.9 times more ly to report high levels of depression compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection.
Treating LGBTQ+ Students With Respect
The language used against LGBTQ+ students is unconscionable. LGBTQ+ Students, any other students deserve to be treated with tolerance, respect and dignity because the reality is, it should never matter what your sexual orientation or identity is.
Principles guiding the rights approach on sexual orientation relate to equality and non-discrimination.
Human rights advocates and other activists seek to ensure social justice and guarantee the dignity of LGBTQ+'s because anyone else an LGBTQ+ student is a person just you are. The ONLY difference is their sexual orientation.
Maybe you're different because you're tall, underweight or dress differently than others. NO MATTER what our differences are everyone one deserves to be treated with respect and dignity!
- We cannot accept ignorance
- We cannot accept intolerance
- We cannot accept name-calling
- We must all respect each other
- We must all accept others
- We must all be tolerant of others
- We must all be allies
We are ALL the same – NO MATTER™! We are ALL people! Let’s create a world of love, kindness, compassion and respect.
There is no reason to call someone a name for any reason! If you don't understand an LGBTQ+'s sexual orientation — learn more.
Educate yourself! Educate others! Creating a safe environment for all students — LGBTQ+ and straight a — begins with being acceptance, tolerance and respect. CELEBRATE our differences and HONOR our similarities! NO MATTER™!
LGBTQ+ Bullying Prevention | Start a Gay-Straight Alliance at Your School
- Establish a GSA the same way you would establish any other club. Look in your Student Handbook for the rules at your school. You will need permission from a school administrator, as well as finding a faculty adviser and writing a constitution.
- Find a faculty advisor teacher who you feel would be supportive or who already has proven to be an ally around sexual orientation issues.
- Discuss your plans with school administrators at the onset. You want an administrator on your side who will be your school liaison with administration, teachers, students, parents, community members and the school board. Share your plans with school guidance counselors and social workers. Forming a GSA is protected under the Federal Equal Access Act.
- Select a meeting place that is private and offers confidentiality. If your meeting place is high-profile members may be discouraged to participate.
- Advertise your alliance through fliers at school, school bulletin announcements, and word of mouth. If your advertising materials are torn down or defaced, keep putting them back up. Posting fliers with words «end homophobia» or «discuss sexual orientation» can help raise awareness and can make other students feel safer – even if they don’t attend meetings.
- Start out with a discussion about why people think the group is important. You can also brainstorm things your club would to do this year. Offer snacks.
- Create ground rules to ensure that group discussions are safe, confidential and respectful. Adopt a rule that no assumptions or labels are used about a group member's sexual orientation. This helps all members gay and straight to feel comfortable about attending meetings.
Use Crafting to End Bullying: #HatNotHate | Lion Brand Notebook
Nowadays, younger and younger kids are reporting instances of bullying, with negative behaviors showing up as early as elementary school. Lion Brand Yarn Company is excited to announce the anti-bullying campaign #HatNotHate.
Lion Brand is partnering with STOMP Out Bullying, the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S.
to launch an anti-bullying campaign, and you can help, too! Let’s increase awareness about the impact bullying has on children and teens by rallying together and crafting blue hats to wear proudly on World Day of Bullying Prevention, October 1, 2018. Read on about our plan to eradicate bullying, one blue hat at a time.
What is STOMP Out Bullying
STOMP Out Bullying is a non-profit organization that provides tools to learn to respond to bully behavior quickly and consistently.
Since launching in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying has become the leading national non-profit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. Kids are growing up faster than ever, due to the presence of media in their lives at earlier ages.
Sadly, all of these conflicting messages, plus the average pressures of being a kid, have given rise to a more insidious trend – cyberbullying. STOMP Out Bullying provides specific resources for dealing with bullying that begins after the last class bell has rung.
It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, and other digital abuse. In addition, it educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred.
Below is a video from their celebrity anti-bullying campaign, featuring star Logan Browning.
One important part of the campaign is visiting schools to talk about how to create a positive school climate. So we’ll be joining them in their in-school work to talk about standing up to bully behavior.
Elmira Hat (Knit) Nevins Street Hat (Crochet)
How Knitters & Crocheters Can Help
With your help, we hope to create a new ‘craftivist’ movement to send the message that bullying is unacceptable. Help spread the word by using the hashtag #HatNotHate when you post your hat projects on social media to show your support.
- 1. Make a hat using one of our free patterns below, using blue yarn.
- 2. Share a photo of you in your blue hat and hashtag #HatNotHate. We’ll share, too!
- 3. Let people know you’re participating, and why. Encourage others to join in.
- 4. You can donate blue hats to Lion Brand Yarn Co.; HAT NOT HATE; 135 Kero Road; Carlstadt, NJ 07072. Lion Brand will be outfitting a local school of 1500 to empower the students to stand up to Bullying.
- 5. Wear your hat during October, which is Anti-Bullying Month, and encourage others to do so as well.
Why Blue Hats?
Blue is the color of awareness, and also solidarity. We’ve picked our bluest hues, and came up with the idea, Hat Not Hate. Since a hat can be worn any or every day, you can demonstrate your commitment to end bullying every time you wear it.
We’ve created 23 knit and crochet patterns, and we want you to whip one up. When you’re finished, post a picture on social media – make sure you use the hashtag #HatNotHate.
Let’s work together to create reminders in our timelines and newsfeeds, for whoever might need them, that we’re all in this together.
Make Your Own Blue #HatNotHate
Here’s a list of 23 patterns to make to join the #HatNotHate campaign. If you use one of the yarns recommended, you’ll be contributing even more. 2% of the proceeds from each of the blue yarns used to make these hats will be donated toward this cause.
13 Free Knit Hat Patterns
Elmira Hat (Knit) Anti Bullying Knit Hat (Knit) Classic Cuffed Hat (Knit)
All three of these knit patterns use our Super Bulky Hometown USA Yarn.
#HATNOTHATE (Knit) David’s Hat (Knit) Tula Slouch Hat (Knit)
Next, three hats to craft with our Medium Weight Jeans Yarn. The #HATNOTHATE (Knit) is easy to craft, and is another one that will stretch to fit multiple sizes. If you’re looking for a project that’s simple, then David’s Hat (Knit) is perfect. Or the Tula Slouch Hat (Knit), which is still relatively easy to craft, but with a little more texture.
New Direction Hat (Knit) Docklands Hat (Knit)
Both our New Direction Hat (Knit) and Docklands Hat (Knit) will use our Heartland Yarn.
True Blue Hat (Knit) Pike Street Hat (Knit)
Or to cast on something cozier, Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, you could check out our True Blue Hat (Knit) or the Pike Street Hat (Knit).
Garden State Beret (Knit) Judie Hat (Knit) Chloe Hat (Knit)
Lastly, three more knit options with a little variety. Our Garden State Beret (Knit) is very fetching, and will be un any other toque in your rotation. Our Judie Hat (Knit) uses Scarfie Yarn, so there will be fun variation without the headache of colorwork. The Chloe Hat (Knit) also uses Scarfie, and will also stretch to fit anybody.
10 Free Crochet Hat Patterns
Millville Hat (Crochet) Anti Bullying Crochet Hat (Crochet)
All four of these cute crochet patterns call for our Hometown USA:
Delray Hat (Crochet) Updated Classic Hat (Crochet)
For three cute ways to crochet with Vanna’s Choice, check out the patterns below:
First Fall Hat (Crochet) Phyllis Hat (Crochet)
Shaded Stripes Hat (Crochet) Nevin’s Street Hat (Crochet)
Our last two patterns are both one-skein wonders:
Ridged Slouch Hat (Crochet) Delran Hat (Crochet)
Let’s Use Crafting to End Bullying
For those of us who experienced bullying growing up, we know the lifelong impact it can have. But it’s time to take action to make sure no more kids grow up with that experience.
Whether you want to make one for yourself, gift to a friend, or organize a #HatNotHate hat-making party, let’s use crafting to end bullying.
Join Lion Brand and STOMP Out Bullying in our #HatNotHate campaign to spread kindness and understanding.
Donate a Hat
In addition to making a hat for yourself, we invite you to make one to share! We’re collecting 1,500 hats on behalf of a local school, who plan to give them to all their students for World Day of Bullying Prevention on October 1st. This is a beautiful gesture of solidarity, so we hope you’ll join us in supporting their effort.
Check out our list of 23 #HatNotHate knit and crochet patterns, which can be found here.
You’re welcome to whip up a hat on your own or you might choose to host a hat-making party! This would be a wonderful way to spread the message, and encourage friends to join in.
In addition, if you purchase any of the yarns recommended in these patterns, 2% of the proceeds will go towards STOMP Out Bullying’s work.
Small Gestures Make a Big Difference
We hope you’ll join us in this special effort to positively impact the lives of students at this school. By making a hat to wear, planning to donate a hat, posting on social media, and talking about it with friends, we’ll create an atmosphere of kindness and understanding that will spread, one person at a time.