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.
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