Bullying & the LGBT Community

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According to recent gay bullying statistics, gay and lesbian teens are two to three times as more likely to commit teen suicide than other youths. About 30 percent of all completed suicides have been related to sexual identity crisis. Students who also fall into the gay, bisexual, lesbian or transgendered identity groups report being five times as more likely to miss school because they feel unsafe after being bullied due to their sexual orientation. About 28 percent out of those groups feel forced to drop out of school altogether. Although more and more schools are working to crack down on problems with bullying, teens are still continuing to bully each other due to sexual orientation and other factors.
I know that human nature tends to lash out against those who are seen as "different". I know that kids due to their lack of experiences with life tend to make them more brutal as far as giving opinions about things they do not understand. I know that modern society is still growing in acceptance of those within the LGBT community and their choice of lifestyle.

But the statistics do not lie...

More and more stories in the media are surfacing about children who have been bullied due to their sexual orientation. More teens such as Jamey Rodemeyer felt there was just nothing else they could to stop the constant name calling and ridiculing. Some try to put on a brave face or even ignore it... but over time it can still affect you.

The only way to stop this is by educating children to not only to stand up for themselves and their friends but also find some way to stop the bullies from bullying. This also means that adults need to be more accepting as well... especially if they are a part of a school's staff. Doing things such as Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" Bill is NOT the right way to handle this.

Homosexuality has been around since the dawn of time. For a long time, human beings were very accepting of it. Somehow along the way... we lost sight of that fact. Hopefully soon... we'll remember that once again.

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