The school was 100% non religious (nominally CofE, the catholic school was elsewhere) & out of circa 250 male & female in each year there were maybe 6 who werenít white in my year & no one openly gay.
It was burnt down by an ex pupil twice while I was there & a lot of my early education was in portcabins as a result, so we had other stuff to focus on?
There was lots of casual anti-gay stuff, some casual racism....but mostly absolute fear of the older kids which you passed on down the line.
I donít think I ever witnessed any ďrealĒ homophobia or ďrealĒ racism (or any religious bigotry come to think of it), just ignorance & name calling to get a laugh?
Personally, my language filtered a bit when I went to Uni and met kids from London and other countries rather than my views changed?
My ex-wife is Jewish, and while sheís non-religious obviously it makes my kids Jewish too so my sensitivities to comments have definitely increased.
The only consistent homophobes Iíve ever met in life have all either had some kind of nasty experience &/or been priest educated, which doesnít excuse it but at least is understandable.
Iíd like to think Iím tolerant of most things, & while I still donít warm to flag-waving LGBT crowds itís hard to really understand unless youíve been through it yourself so I donít have an issue unless it ever has a detrimental impact on my life, which it never has.
A bit like the death of someone close, how can you really understand beforehand until youíve been through it?
Being honest, not sure how Iíd react to being forced into wearing a rainbow like some of the banks have done though.
Like wearing a shirt at the match (not really, but please get my drift....). just not for me.