LGBT and Bullying

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LGBT and Bullying, Caring and Courageous Kids, 40% Forty percent of homeless youth are LGBT. The number one reason they're on the street is family rejection.

Bullying of all types is damaging and wrong. One of the largest populations of people bullied are those who are, or perceived as being, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender (LGBT). I have a special place in my heart for LGBT youth because they are not only bullied and ostracized by their peers, but often by their families as well. I do not claim to have much knowledge or experience in this area but wanted to make known my support for the LGBT community and wanted to provide some resources. I have been an advocate for speaking up when people say “That’s so gay!” or similar remarks or conversations. We can all help break this bad habit in today’s culture by standing up and telling others in a simple statement it’s not okay with us. “Students hear anti-gay epithets 25 times a day, and teachers fail to respond to these comments 97% of the time.” (Gay Lesbian Straight Educator’s Network)

Love is a terrible thing to hate.” (The Equality Mantra)

“Although stories about LGBT youth experiencing support and acceptance from their families, peers, and communities are growing, challenges persist. LGBT youth, as well as youth who may be perceived as LGBT or gender nonconforming, may experience physical and emotional bias, violence, and discrimination from their families, or in their schools, employment, and communities. They may experience bias and feel depressed and isolated because of inadequate support at home, in school/work, and in their community. Consequently, they are more likely to commit suicide, be homeless, and use illegal drugs because of these environmental challenges. It is therefore important to be aware of available information and resources to address these challenges that affect some LGBT youth, while also acknowledging and building on their strengths and resilience.”  Source: Find Youth Info website

Resources:

Born This Way Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2011 to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a kinder, braver world. We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe, to be empowered and to make a difference in the world. Together, we will move towards acceptance, bravery and love.

http://www.bornthiswayfoundation.org/

 

Enough is Enough: the blog page Welcome to my blog. I will be dealing with issues surrounding teen suicides, in particular gay teen suicide, sharing stories, voicing my opinions, gathering and sharing information, and hopefully saving some lives. Teen suicide, regardless of their orientation, is a great tragedy. Please join me in my attempt to make a difference.

http://www.ronkemp.blogspot.com/

 

FREE2LUV is a global movement dedicated to redefining love through art and entertainment. Our mission is to support individuals to freely express themselves, stand up to bullying and support equal rights. FREE2LUV is a nonprofit organization that forms partnerships with celebrities, corporations and youth advocates who are passionate about celebrating everyone’s freedom to love and end hate.

http://free2luv.org/

 

GLSEN: The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike. We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities.

 http://www.glsen.org/

 

HeartStrong is a non sectarian organization established to provide outreach to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and other persons adversely affected by the influence of any denomination of religious educational institutions. HeartStrong is also committed to educating the public about the persecution of GLBT’s and others at religious educational institutions.

http://www.heartstrong.org/HeartStrong/MissionStatement.html

 

It Gets Better Every day the It Gets Better Project shares positive messages of support with LGBT youth.

http://www.itgetsbetter.org/pages/action-center

 

The LGBTQ Youth Project is a project designed to learn more about young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people, ages 15-21. The goal is to follow a group of young LGBTQ people over 4 years to learn about their lives, and how they think and feel.

http://www.lgbtqyouthproject.com/The_LGBTQ_Youth_Project/Welcome%21.html

 

Teaching Tolerance An esteemed website for educators. The link provided has a list of their published articles related to LGBT.

http://www.tolerance.org/search/apachesolr_search/LGBT

Additional articles and resources:

How do I tell my parents?

Suicide Prevention

What to Say to Homophobic Slurs Like “That’s So Gay”

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