LGBTQ Youth Community Needs More Organizations to Prevent Discrimination

by jenna_miller on November 7, 2016 - 11:27pm

Since my generation has grown up surrounded by the LGBTQ community and their fight to be accepted, I thought this was an excellent topic to give my input on. In my High School and now at my college, I have met many different people trying to find who they are as a person and accept and embrace their differences. Many of my peers have taken college as an opportunity to have a fresh start and open up about their sexuality.

         Even though I would like to believe that everyone at my old High School and everyone at my new University accepts the LGBTQ community, I know this is simply not true. I am saddened to say that many are bullied at school and it goes without notice and as if it never happens, in some cases. Many of the community faces discrimination from different groups and from their peers. This can lead to students dropping out of school, never getting a job and being forced to live on the streets without a home. In addition to them dropping out of school, some are homeless because their families and friends do not accept them, therefore they run away from their problems and in result are forced to live on the side of the road.  One main way schools prevent the LGBTQ community from getting bullied and from dropping out is the Gay Straight Alliance, a club to help end discrimination against people opening up about their sexuality. This club was implemented so the LGBTQ community and people that support them could come together and act as a comfort for one another. This club is an amazing start to helping out the community, but the issue needs to addressed more and we need to find more solutions to fix the discrimination that they face. This is a very important issue to address because of how prevalent it is in our society. We always hear horror stories of someone endangering themselves or others because of how they are treated because of their sexuality and we need to put an end to this.

         The perception of empowerment has been proved to increase the youth’s well-being. According to the research article, “findings suggest that programs that promote these factors among LGBTQ youth using the social justice youth may enhance empowerment” therefore resulting in an overall better well-being (Wagaman). Empowerment can help the LGBTQ community thrive and support them when they experience discrimination or bullying. In order to gain empowerment, the LGBTQ youth should participate in LGBTQ organizations and make changes. I agree with this and think that the more the community participates and meets people in the same position as they are, the more empowerment they will gain as individuals and as a community as well. 

 

Reference:

Alex Wagaman, M. (2016). Promoting empowerment among LGBTQ youth: A social justice

youth development approach. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal : C & A, 33(5),

395-405. Reference from: http://dx.doi.org.uri.idm.oclc.org/10.1007/s10560-016-0435-7

Comments

I read your article for the same reason you described at the beginning talking about why you wrote it. It has been a big topic in recent years and as many are growing up and learning about these issues, they start to talk about them and bring awareness about the realities of being a part of the LGBTQ community.
I completely agree with you on the idea that if people just worked together and maybe joined groups in an effort to help out the LGBTQ community, they would have a much better chance of winning this fight than if they all tried to deal with it on their own.
It made me think about something my class on Race and Racism has been discussing a lot recently, which is whether one individual can make a difference. I believe they can, but, as you said in your piece, we can do a lot more together than we can alone.

What drew me to the post was the title because LGBTQ issues is something I’ve been hearing about a lot in the last couple years, especially on social media and through A-list celebrities such as Miley Cyrus . This post made me think about an issue I hadn’t really considered much before being that LGBTQ youth do not have enough support. I never really thought too much about how people who fit into this group do not have support, I just thought about the discrimination they receive. In addition, I am not surrounded by many people who fit into this group so it was not brought to my attention until recently. Reading about how the discrimination can lead them to dropping out of school and living on the streets really upset me because no one should have those consequences, especially for accepting who they are. I think that this relates to what I’ve been learning in class because they are a minority group that are facing discrimination against them because they are seen as different/outsiders. I completely agree with what it says, being that LGBTQ youth need more help to fight off discrimination and new ideas like “Gay-Straight Alliance” are a good start. The post did influence me to read the article so that I could better understand the complete context of what the author was trying to communicate to the readers.

To start off, I would like to congratulate you for your extremely well written response. Of course, the first thing that caught my attention was your title due to the fact that it is an issue that is often disregarded. This particular subject has a special place in my heart because my family and I have recently found out that my sister is not satisfied with the body she was born into and once she hits the legal age of 18, she would like to proceed with getting the operations done which would give her more manly features. My initial reaction to the post was that I was not surprised to find out that these poor individuals are often bullied due to a factor they have no control over. Hearing stories in which these individuals get brutally beaten, made fun of, humiliated, etc. drives me to tears because it terrifies me to think that my sister might face this type of discrimination one day. However, I find it extremely supportive for certain schools to incorporate the “Gay Straight Alliance” club into their institutions in order to prevent the LGBTQ community from dropping out of school. The “Gay Straight Alliance” club encourages these individuals to embrace and accept who they are and know that there are other people experiencing the same exact thing as they are. This post certainly relates to the topic of discrimination that we have covered in our class seeing as though the LGBTQ community is a minority group in society. Like other minority groups such as Blacks, Native-Americans, Hispanics, Arabs, etc. the LGBTQ community faces discrimination because they are different from what is socially acceptable in our society. I am pleased to hear that there are people in this world who are trying to make a difference in relation to this important topic. Your post has definitely persuaded me into reading the original article which will hopefully convince me to stay hopeful and positive.

To start off, I would like to congratulate you for your extremely well written response. Of course, the first thing that caught my attention was your title due to the fact that it is an issue that is often disregarded. This particular subject has a special place in my heart because my family and I have recently found out that my sister is not satisfied with the body she was born into and once she hits the legal age of 18, she would like to proceed with getting the operations done which would give her more manly features. My initial reaction to the post was that I was not surprised to find out that these poor individuals are often bullied due to a factor they have no control over. Hearing stories in which these individuals get brutally beaten, made fun of, humiliated, etc. drives me to tears because it terrifies me to think that my sister might face this type of discrimination one day. However, I find it extremely supportive for certain schools to incorporate the “Gay Straight Alliance” club into their institutions in order to prevent the LGBTQ community from dropping out of school. The “Gay Straight Alliance” club encourages these individuals to embrace and accept who they are and know that there are other people experiencing the same exact thing as they are. This post certainly relates to the topic of discrimination that we have covered in our class seeing as though the LGBTQ community is a minority group in society. Like other minority groups such as Blacks, Native-Americans, Hispanics, Arabs, etc. the LGBTQ community faces discrimination because they are different from what is socially acceptable in our society. I am pleased to hear that there are people in this world who are trying to make a difference in relation to this important topic. Your post has definitely persuaded me into reading the original article which will hopefully convince me to stay hopeful and positive.

This article immediately drew me in for the simple reason of my interest in the topic. Though this is true, I am happy to say that your writing and points provided a lot of insight that makes me glad I chose to read this article. I have always been very passionate about general justice and kindness towards others. In recent years, I have grown a larger interest in the rights of the LGBTQ community. One of my best friends is gay and he is the kindest soul I know. It crushes me to think that he has not always felt comfortable with himself and around others. The importance of these inclusive groups, like you mentioned, is very true and clear. Sadly, it is very difficult to change the words and opinions of others. Though difficulty is no reason to give up, additional options must be considered. If there is a safe place for people to go to rally and recognize their importance and worth, it will be easier to deal with the ignorant jerks in the world.
I can actually provide an example of the impact of the group in my school, 'Safe Space.' I had a friend who was in the music program with me and was transgender. Though he identified as a man, the school had him room with myself and some other girls during a music department trip to New York. Having a great attitude, he did not really mind because we were all friends anyway. Though he was completely understanding of this change, a fight to be had later in the year was brewing. At the graduation ceremony, there are always red and white gowns. The girls wear white while the guys wear red in the hopes that a pleasant visual will be created. My friend wanted to wear red considering that he is a man but it was not that simple. Though my school is not outwardly cruel, it is somewhat behind the times because of its non-diverse population. The Safe Space program in my school fought for his rights to wear the color he wanted to wear. To make a long story short, he was able to wear red. This started a movement that allowed any who identified as a different gender to pick which color they wanted to wear at graduation. Though it might seem like a small change, this is a great example of the impact LGBTQ communities can have. I encourage all to understand and recognize the importance of groups for LGBTQ as demonstrated in this post.

This article immediately drew me in for the simple reason of my interest in the topic. Though this is true, I am happy to say that your writing and points provided a lot of insight that makes me glad I chose to read this article. I have always been very passionate about general justice and kindness towards others. In recent years, I have grown a larger interest in the rights of the LGBTQ community. One of my best friends is gay and he is the kindest soul I know. It crushes me to think that he has not always felt comfortable with himself and around others. The importance of these inclusive groups, like you mentioned, is very true and clear. Sadly, it is very difficult to change the words and opinions of others. Though difficulty is no reason to give up, additional options must be considered. If there is a safe place for people to go to rally and recognize their importance and worth, it will be easier to deal with the ignorant jerks in the world.
I can actually provide an example of the impact of the group in my school, 'Safe Space.' I had a friend who was in the music program with me and was transgender. Though he identified as a man, the school had him room with myself and some other girls during a music department trip to New York. Having a great attitude, he did not really mind because we were all friends anyway. Though he was completely understanding of this change, a fight to be had later in the year was brewing. At the graduation ceremony, there are always red and white gowns. The girls wear white while the guys wear red in the hopes that a pleasant visual will be created. My friend wanted to wear red considering that he is a man but it was not that simple. Though my school is not outwardly cruel, it is somewhat behind the times because of its non-diverse population. The Safe Space program in my school fought for his rights to wear the color he wanted to wear. To make a long story short, he was able to wear red. This started a movement that allowed any who identified as a different gender to pick which color they wanted to wear at graduation. Though it might seem like a small change, this is a great example of the impact LGBTQ communities can have. I encourage all to understand and recognize the importance of groups for LGBTQ as demonstrated in this post.

I completely agree with your article in that youth needs to organize to prevent discrimination, but by centering the group around the idea of sexuality, it then separates those again inducing more discrimination. If the problem here is bullying, the solution is to organize under the common goal to stop all types of bullying. That will give all members involved a sense of belonging and safety. We should make a safe community for everyone of all races and sexuality. My school had a GSA as well and it did great things for students. But it seemed like they were always separated in their own group. I understand it is a gay and straight club but maybe some people may feel uncomfortable joining a club with a label like that. Now if you create an organization based around bullying in its entirety it will be a safe place for everyone.

I really like how your post is a popular topic today. From personal experience I have seen acceptance for LGBTQ people increase. In high school, more people started to accept those that were LGBTQ. For myself I always saw them as no difference from me. However the problem in my school was the few kids who would taunt and make fun of others, as well as parent taking extreme measures to keep some kids away from theirs. While there is a small amount of people not accepting it is enough to make a huge impact to those who are LGBTQ. I have seen growing up, that the new generation is more accepting towards those who are LGBTQ, but the problem is the older generation who still do not understand. Support groups are a wonderful things for those who are LGBTQ. When I was 10, (21 now), my brother "came out of the closet" as people would say, my parents had a difficult time accepting it along as some people in the school. I saw the impact that it had on him to feel accepted or safe, as he went to college he would join gay straight allience clubs and other support clubs for the LGBTQ community. These groups really helped him to accept himself and to see that there was nothing wrong with the way he felt, and helped him to be more confidence. Programs like this help many. I do agree with your post that having more organizational groups that supported LGBTQ could help get rid of discrimination because more and more people should feel comfortable with accepting their sexuality without feeling harassed.

What drew me to this post was the topic and issue at hand. High school and middle school are definitely very tough for kids who identify as LGBTQ, because of the discrimination they face. I have witnessed cases of kids bullying one another because they were LGBTQ at my high school. For me seeing kids being harassed for who they are really saddened me, I have a cousin who is gay and went to my high school. I always wanted him to feel comfortable, and never wanted him to face discrimination at my high school for being gay. In my high school adult members of the LGBTQ community would come talk to our classes, to talk about their experiences growing up. I definitely think clubs and organizations are a great outlet for kids who are LGBTQ because they always have people to talk to and who look out for them. Discrimination of LGBTQ is a huge issue especially in high schools, organizations and clubs should be implanted in schools to help fix this issue and to ensure that kids do feel comfortable and safe going to school and being themselves.

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