14/08/2014 12:54 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Will Young Calls For Schools To Stop Kids Using 'Gay' As An Insult

Will Young calls for schools to stamp out 'gay' insults

Will Young is working with government ministers to stop children using 'gay' as an insult in schools.

The Leave Right Now singer told the Murnaghan programme on Sky News that he had taken up the issue with the Education Secretary Michael Gove because he believed it to be a 'crisis' situation. He said Mr Gove had been 'encouraging'.

The Pop Idol contestant came out shortly after winning the show in 2002, and is now working with the charity Stonewall to train teachers to deal with the issue.

He wrote about his concerns over children using the term to insult each other in an article for the Independent On Sunday last weekend.

Elaborating on his piece, Will, 34, told Sky News that 81Slideshow-84591%