Watch WQMD Episode 4: Bullying


The topic of bullying is the subject of the fourth episode of WQMD (We’re Queer My Dear) – an online web series that looks at issues and challenges facing the LGBTIQ+ community in South Africa.

Many of us have likely experienced bullying; defined as unwanted and aggressive behaviour against someone who is perceived as being vulnerable or different.

It’s usually associated with school children but can happen at any time in life, including in the workplace, in the family and online. LGBTIQ+ bullying can have long term effects on self-esteem and has been linked to higher rates of suicide among teens.

This is a very personal episode as the WQMD panel share their own encounters and experiences with bullying.

WQMD was created by Shenay O’Brien with overseeing director, Jennis Williamson, from Life in a Bulb Productions, and is presented on – South Africa’s leading LGBTQ news platform.

The WQMD panel consists of: drag performer, Shenay O’Brien; accountant and entrepreneur, Jaco Venter; actor, presenter, beatboxer and activist, Tina Redman; and entrepreneur, performer and designer, Jodi Deerling.

If you are struggling with bullying get help through one of these LGBTQ organisations: Triangle Project in Cape Town (021 712 6699), OUT LGBT Well-being in Pretoria/Gauteng (012 430 3272), the Gay & Lesbian Network in PMB (086 033 2331), or the Durban Lesbian & Gay Community & Health Centre (031 312 7402 / 42). Or call LifeLine’s 24 Hour Counseling Line on 011 422 4242 / 0861 322 322 or the South African Depression and Anxiety Group’s Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567.

•  Watch Episode 1 here. • Watch Episode 2 hereWatch Episode 3 here

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