The audience of this paper are the officials of community programs that work with supporting the Black LGBTQA community because they can create programs needed to end or at least decrease the amount of homophobia within the Black community. My audience will expect a paper which is more focused on evidence backing up the necessity of these programs. Exigence for my audience will be established due to the fact that many of these officials have been in the same situation as they were growing up. Because I address this issue, my secondary audience includes LGBT kids and their parents.
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.
Loffreda quotes Walt Bolden, a friend of Matt, who refused to lose a friend in vein and called upon legislature’s to consider the threat that now seemed so apparent: “Boulden [...] legislature’s failure to pass a hate crimes bill: he told reporters that “they said nothing like that happens in Wyoming because someone is gay, but we’ve always known someone would have to get killed or beaten before they finally listened. I just can’t believe it happened to someone I care about.’” (371) The problem with society isn’t the overwhelming number of loathe toward one another, but the lack of consideration and empathy. Loffreda’s essay not only draws awareness to the LGBT community, but also emphasizes the amount of support they are gaining. Everdeen Mason, author of “The dramatic rise in state efforts to limit LGBT rights,” draws to light that although the LGBT community have gained support they are still facing discrimination, “ While the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community has become more visible [...] state lawmakers have increased attempts to pass legislation that could restrict civil rights for LGBT people.
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.
People are different. People all around the world are different. Why do we as different people categorize others based on their skin color or their gender identity. We should all understand what it means to be different. We all have our rights so the LGBTQ community should also have their rights. They should have their freedom.
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
As the Vice President of my school 's GSA, I strive to fight this ignorance with awareness and love, and to make the school a safer and more tolerant environment, conducive to everyone 's learning. We 've started an Ally program, which lets teachers get in touch with, and provide guidance to LGBT students. We 've also made the school more
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)
My entire life I have wanted to help people. I have tried to stay current with world events and keep educated on how they occur and how best to fix them. I try to promote a progressive agenda and volunteer for multiple organizations. However, because I live a short bart ride away from San Francisco and because I identify as bisexual and most of my friends are on the LGBTQ spectrum, one problem that is very important to me is LGBTQ rights — in particular issues faced by LGBTQ youth. In 11th grade I gathered up the courage to join GSA.
Jason Dunlap was awarded “employee of the year” four times and has shown remarkable work ethic in his job. His sexual orientation and gender should not and did not impact the work he had accomplished for LaMark Elementary school during his ten years of employment. During this time, the school even recognized him for his outstanding work, regardless of the fact that he is transgender. Undergoing a sex change does not change Jason Dunlap’s work ethic, and therefore is in no way a justification for the intolerance Mr. Dunlap was faced with. This case is about the discriminatory actions of a bigoted school board and faculty.
LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual) youth homelessness makes up only 5 to 7 percent of the general youth population, yet up to 40 percent of youth experiencing homelessness. Many LGBTQ youth face harassment, victimization, violence, social stigma, rejection, and discrimination in their families, schools, employment, and social settings. LGBTQ identified youth ages 13 to 17, provides important information regarding how LGBTQ young people experience life in their communities. Nearly half of LGBTQ youth (47 percent) surveyed they do not “fit in” in their community, while only 16 percent of non LGBTQ youth reported feeling that way. 63 percent stated that they will need to move to another part of the country in order to feel accepted.
In this day and age, the LGTBQ+ community is expanding rapidly. Therefore, the community has included the plus sign at the end to represent those who are questioning, pan-gendered, intersexed, transsexual, or two-spirited and the many new ways people are self-identifying. Each generation is becoming more exposed to more information and are capable to choose from openly out members of the LGBTQ+ community as role models. For younger generations, it may become easier to recognize and acknowledge one’s sexual orientation or gender identity than those apart of Generation X and the Baby Boomers. However, even in this more open-minded society, homophobia is still living, breathing, and thriving.
Transgender students are denied the right to feel comfortable and included while others enjoy that right. There may be many more students that enjoy this right than are denied it, but under the 14 amendment, the government cannot “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws,” not even the minority. All students
On the other hand, Loffreda notices the problem that is practically neglected by the media and the public, which the LGBT people’s position in the community are rather hard and the problem of hate and intolerance towards minorities are not yet solved. From the university president Phil Dubois, “nothing could match the sorrow and revulsion we feel for this attack on Matt. It is almost as sad, however, to see individuals and groups around the country react to this event by stereotyping an entire community, if not an entire state” (Loffreda, 244). The media is categorizing everyone in Laramie as the same, full of hate and prejudice, not because they are just generalizing the problem, but they want to feel superior and tries to show that they have more progressive mindset compared to the citizens in Laramie.