Blog Posts from November 2014
I aspire to a day when suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts are no longer prevalent among LGBTQ youth. We are not there now, so I am glad we have some terrific resources to help.
Be careful before you record. But do report bullying to your school and keep proof that you reported (a copy of the complaint or report by email). If you think your school is not protecting you against anti-LGBTQ or HIV+ bullying, contact GLAD Answers. If you are ever worried about bullying in school or are unsure of what your rights are, check out www.glad.org/youth/bullying and www.glad.org/youth/school to learn more.
Referring to transgender people by names and pronouns inconsistent with their gender identity, even in school records, is inappropriate, disrespectful, perpetuates a system of oppression and discrimination against transgender people, and, as Laverne Cox flawlessly stated at the 2014 Creating Change Conference, is an act of violence.
GLAD gets contacted fairly regularly about locker and bathroom graffiti identifying a student as gay or threatening an LGBTQ student. For the calls we get, there is never a witness. What can you do? What can your school do?
No one should be deciding to stay on the streets because being in a shelter is even more dangerous, not just for their physical well-being but for their emotional well-being too.