Gay Rights In Generation Z

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Generation Z is being hailed as the true “WE Generation”. Social media has allowed them to connect and organize in ways previous generations couldn’t, creating a youth culture focused on equality and social change. However, this focus on equality doesn’t always extend to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community. While Gen Z enjoys following stories about gay rights, they aren’t particularly interested in the issues facing the LGBT community (Seemiller & Grace, 2016, p. 132). Heterosexual youth simply aren’t aware of how dangerous it is to be gay or transgender in America, and believe that supporting marriage equality is the paramount of acceptance (Seemiller & Grace, 2016, p. 116). LGBT youth are still struggling with peer victimization and the resulting mental health issues due to the ignorance society, and Gen Z, holds towards gay rights.
According to the 2015 GLSEN National School Climate Survey by Kosciw, Greytak, Giga, Villenas, and Danischewski (2016), 57.6% of LGBT high school students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and 43.3% because of their gender expression. Students frequently heard other students use anti-gay phrases and homophobic slurs, and over two thirds had been verbally harassed about their sexuality, yet the majority never reported the discrimination they faced (Kosciw et al. 2016). Students were embarrassed by their experiences, feared that telling someone would make their situation worse, and in many cases, didn’t

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