By Annemarie Vaccaro
Safe areas: Making faculties and groups Welcoming to LGBT Youth is the 1st booklet to supply a entire view of the advanced lives of LGBT early life of every age, from kindergarten via collage. Drawing on a wealth of analysis accumulated from first-person bills of scholars, family members, educators, and group participants, the authors not just chronicle the struggles of LGBT early life but additionally describe versions of inclusive university and neighborhood environments.
The authors tackle the breadth of reports of LGBT youth—in and out of the study room, at domestic and in the neighborhood, and in own interactions with allies and antagonists. in addition they demonstrate how those teenagers, their associates and households, academics, and devoted allies stem the tide of LGBT exclusion. most vital, Safe Spaces deals motion steps for readers who need to make their very own houses, faculties, and groups secure and alluring areas for LGBT youth.
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For instance, a popular music star has a song in which she decides to get revenge on an ex-boyfriend. Her solution is to tell everyone he is gay. While the example may seem harmless, associating an LGBT identity with revenge suggests something negative about the LGBT community. Or consider the harm done when admired professional athletes use gay slurs. Famous celebrities can inﬂuence the lives of youth, but local public ﬁgures can also have an impact. Local politicians, religious ﬁgures, school ofﬁcials, business owners, and other community leaders can reinforce positive or negative messages about LGBT people.
Bullying, however, does not stop when youth leave the school grounds. 25 Cyberbullying can include the posting of humiliating photos, threatening emails or text messages, and hateful information posted on social networking sites. Youth who experience bullying, taunting, or harassment in person or through cyberspace are at risk for depression, lowered self-esteem, and suicide. 26 These harsh realities should cause us to pause and consider the importance of creating safe spaces for LGBT youth. While harassment and bullying from peers is widespread, many youth also experience physical and verbal abuse from family members.
LGBT youth regularly face physical and emotional violence in our schools, athletic ﬁelds, neighborhoods, and community organizations. 22 Interpersonal violence doesn’t end when youth go to college. ” We disagree. Verbal harassment is often the gateway to other forms of interpersonal violence. ) Even if verbal abuse doesn’t turn physical, the effects can be profound. 24 Other youth forgo activities such as sports, clubs, and community events because they are afraid of being The Marginalization of LGBT People 23 bullied.