Youth Homelessness in America Every year, millions of people are experiencing some form of homelessness in the United States alone. Of those people who are experiencing homelessness, a large proportion of them is under the age of 24. Data has found that there are over 550,000 youth have experienced homelessness for more than a week over the course of a year (“Youth and Young Adults,” 2018). In many cases, youth homelessness can be prevented, but the lack of resources and services available to youth is limited. As a result, the issue continues to grow and affect more and more youth have to experience homelessness.
People within this community who have not been exposed to an accepting environment typically engage in risky sexual activity. For example, sixteen percent of gay and bisexual young men between the age fifteen and twenty-two have a prevalence of HIV and AIDS because many people within this demography do not use condoms. Since many homeless transgendered youth are either willingly live their homes or are forced out by their families, more than fifty percent of these kids turn to prostitution to get the resources need to survive, and unfortunately the likelihood of rape occurring is increased. Lesbian and bisexual young females between the ages thirteen and eighteen are twice as report pregnancy because they are unlikely to use a condom compared to heterosexual teenage females (Bridges, par. 12). Many of these behaviors and risk of sexual diseases follow them into
Results Homelessness among adolescents in California is a prevalent public health issue. Many of these youth are without a home because of a variety of reasons including altercations with their guardians, abuse, PTSD or a combination of these and other issues. Being homeless in of itself is a health concern but a majority of the youth on the streets also face additional health concerns. Some of these health concerns include substance abuse, high risk of HIV, and PTSD from trauma. Homeless adolescents in California face a variety of health concerns, identifying and being aware of these issues is a public health priority.
For years the LGBTQ community has, and continues to work hard to establish their presence in society. In the past few years, states supporting marriage equality increased and rights such as military benefits, joint tax filing, etc; were also implemented. Today the LGBTQ community only continues to grow and make progress. However, not all minorities in this community are making the same progress as others. Those who identify as bisexual have reported heightened feelings of oppression, Stigmatized, and isolation even from within their own LGBTQ community.
Suicide and Bullying Among LGBTQ Youth Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24 (CDC). Students who fall into the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning identity groups report being five times as more likely to miss school because they feel unsafe after being bullied because of their sexual orientation. LGB youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers (CDC). Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt (Grossman and D’Augelli). It is impossible to know the exact suicide rate of LGBTQ youth because sexuality and gender minorities
EQUALITY FOR LESBIAN, GAY, 3 Equality for LGBT Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, and queer community needs equality because they are humans, they need love and care, and they should be respected by everyone. This community is also known as LGBT or LGBTQ community. LGBTQ community is a group of people who are lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender, and queer. This group of people is also known as homosexuals. This people experienced harassment, discrimination, and threat of violence because of their sexual orientation.
INTRODUCTION Did you know that LGBTQ youth are twice as likely as their peers to be kicked, shoved, and physically assaulted? On top of that, 92% of LGBTQ youth hear negative messages about having a different sexuality. They feel unsafe and are physically harmed. This happens to people all over the world, and as horrible as it is, many, many people suffer from it every single day of their lives! I want to bring this to light and tell you about what LGBTQ people have been subjected to throughout time, and what they have to deal with on a day to day basis.
For example, “[a] 2009 survey of 7,000 LGBT aged 13-21 revealed… 8 of 10 students had been verbally harassed at school, 4 out of 10 had been physically harassed at school, 6 of 10 felt unsafe at school, 1 of 5 had been the victim of a physical assault at school” signifying, that children are being targeted and bullied because of their differences (‘Discrimination” 1). In this case the difference is sexual orientation. These children choose to embrace what they
Walking down the streets of the city I am faced with the problem head on. It inspired me to propose and lead a school wide fundraiser to raise money for youth homelessness and donate the contributions to Larkin Street Youth Service — a local organization in San Francisco that provides shelter, drug abuse treatments, counseling, transitional living programs, food, clothes, medical care, and drug training to homeless youth. The money was raised through a raffle, as well as through a game of jeopardy where the answers where different gender identities, and sexual and romantic orientations. This game helped to engage and educate the students on the large variety of identities in the LGBTQ community and what each one means. I also wrote and distributed information about youth LGBTQ homelessness so people were more aware of the large problem many LGBTQ youth face.
In 2009, the Hate Crime Protection Act was passed for the federal government to provide state and local authorities grants and assistance to investigate and charge individuals for hate crimes (Human Rights Campaign,a). The Hate Crime Prevention act include hate crimes involving sexual orientation and gender identity (Human Rights Campaign,a). However, violent hate crime continues to increase in the LGBTQ community (Kirst- Ashman, 2014). LGBTQ youth experience abuse and harassment from their peers, teachers, and parents about their sexual preference (Harper & Schneider, 2003). Research by Harper & Schneider (2003)
The Latino culture has very strong ideas of the masculine and feminine image and what is accepted from each gender identity. The Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Queer (LGBTQ) Latinidad community as a result often do not fit into the roles their society expected them to fill. Due to the conflict in beliefs between the sexual orientation and ethnic background of a Latinidad LGBTQ member, they can face various difficulties that lead into mistreatment from themselves and the surrounding world. They often experience: a lack of acceptance in society, hash treatment, depression, self-hate, and resentment from their own religion.
To most ears, it probably sounds inoffensive. A little outdated and clinical, perhaps, but harmless enough: homosexual. But that five-syllable word has never been more loaded, more deliberately used and, to the ears of many gays and lesbians, more permissiveness.
Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress. Working together is success” (Brainy Quote). From here, the concept of inclusive education, including students with and without learning disabilities as peers in the same classroom, originated. The aim of this type of education is to get students with learning disabilities involved in the society. Teachers and fellow students will also provide help for students with disabilities; in this way, students with learning disabilities will be motivated to study as they feel that they are a part of a group instead of being isolated in special places. Thus, they will achieve higher grades. Moreover, they will be greatly engaged in the society as they are building bridges with their peers from several backgrounds. On the long run, teachers, parents, and the society as a whole would develop. Students with learning disabilities should be included in the “normal” classroom because it improves their academic performance, social behavior, and communication language.
Homosexuality is becoming more and more accepted and integrated into today’s society, however, when it comes to homosexuals establishing families, a problem is posed. In most states, homosexuals can adopt children like any other married or single adult. There are many arguments to this controversial topic; some people believe that it should be legal nationally, while others would prefer that is was banned everywhere, or at least in their individual states. There are logical reasons to allow gays to adopt children, but for some, these reasons are not enough. The main issue really is, what is in the best interest of the child? This type of problem isn’t really one with causes, effects, and solutions, but one with pros and cons. Like any other adoption situation, a parent prove themselves to be responsible and capable enough to raise a child on their own, or with a spouse.