• The Effect of Bullying on the LGTBQI Youth

    Bullying in Schools: Harassment Puts Gay Youth at Risk

    While trying to deal with all thechallenges of being a teenager, gay/ lesbian/ bisexual/ transgender (GBLT)teens additionally have to deal with harassment, threats, and violence directedat them on a daily basis. They hear anti-gay slurs such as “homo”, “faggot” and“sissy” about 26 times a day or once every 14 minutes.[1] Even more troubling,a study found that thirty-one percent of gay youth had been threatened orinjured at school in the last year alone![2]

    Their mental health and education, notto mention their physical well-being, are at-risk.

    How is their mental health being affected?

    • Gay and lesbian teens are at high risk because ‘their distress is a direct result of the hatred and prejudice that surround them,’ not because of their inherently gay or lesbian identity orientation.[3]
    • Gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are two to three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.[4]

    How is their education being affected?

    • Gay teens in U.S. schools are often subjected to such intense bullying that they’re unable to receive an adequate education.[5] They’re often embarrassed or ashamed of being targeted and may not report the abuse.
    • GLBT students are more apt to skip school due to the fear, threats, and property vandalism directed at them.[6] One survey revealed that 22 percent of gay respondents had skipped school in the past month because they felt unsafe there.[7]
    • Twenty-eight percent of gay students will drop out of school. This is more than
      three times the national average for heterosexual students.[8]
    • GLBT youth feel they have nowhere to turn. According to several surveys, four out of five gay and lesbian students say they don’t know one supportive adult at school.[9]

    References

    [1] Bart, M. Creating a safer school for gay students.Counseling Today, September 1998
    [2] Chase, Anthony. "Violent Reaction; What do Teen Killers have inCommon?" In These Times. 9 July 2001
    [3] Norton, Terry L., and Jonathan W. Vare. "Understanding Gay and LesbianYouth: Sticks, Stones, and Silence." 17 July 1998: 3
    Lexis Nexis. 20 June 2002
    [4] Report from the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide (Paul Gibson, USDepartment of Health and Human Services), 1989
    [5] Chase, Anthony. "Violent Reaction; What do Teen Killers have inCommon?" In TheseTimes. 9 July 2001: 3.
    [6] Garofalo, R. Wolf, R.C., Kessel, S., Palfrey., J (1998) Pediatrics, 101(5), 895-902
    [7] Chase, Anthony. "Violent Reaction; What do Teen Killers have inCommon?" In These Times. 9 July 2001
    [8] Bart, M. Creating a safer school for gay students. Counseling Today,September 1998
    [9] Sessions Stepp, Laura. "A Lesson in Cruelty: Anti-Gay Slurs Common atSchool; Some Say Insults Increase as Gays' Visibility Rises." The WashingtonPost 19 June 2001

     

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  • Chart of Gender Neutral Pronouns

    In the LGTBQIA community there are many pronouns used when it comes to showing gender identity and gender expression. Recognizing that people may prefer different pronouns is important in educating our community. What are these pronouns and remembering to ask people, "What pronoun do you prefer?" is another step to understanding. To respect someone’s pronouns is very much an affirmation of that person and their identity. 
     

     

    Subject

    Object

    Possessive Adjective

    Possessive Pronoun

    Reflexive

    Female

    She

    Her

    Her

    Hers

    Herself

    Male

    He

    Him

    His

    His

    Himself

    Gender Neutral

    Ze

    Hir

    Hir

    Hirs

    Hirself

    Gender Neutral Pronunciation

    /zee/

    /here/

    /here/

    /heres/

    /hereself/

     

     

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  • Essential LGTBQIA Definitions

    When educating yourself with the LGTBQI Community you must take some time to update yourself on these definitions. Some words in the past decade have become derogatory and some have been reclaimed in the culture. For example, the word transvestite is seen as derogatory and has been replaced by other words. Also, the word queer is now seen as less derogatory and is used often. Happy studying! 

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