In today’s society, it is very difficult for some teenagers to be who they truly are because of the risk of being ostracized and isolated by their peers. There are certain pressures and prejudices imposed by a predominately heterosexual society on homosexuals, and especially on homosexual teens, that can cause teenagers to suppress their preferences. These stereotypes can influence if a teen is willing to openly reveal their sexual identity and because society has become so absent- minded to the
Homophobia is disliking or being prejudice against homosexual people. Homophobia is basically centered around one main idea, or rather one main fear. Yes, as you might see homophobia has the suffix -phobia. Phobia means to have an extreme, irrational fear of something. What better way to describe homophobia from the get go but let’s move on. Homophobia is centered around one sort of fear, which might be surprising. That fear is the fear of not understanding. Not understand why someone would like
bullying, and hatred due to their sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, those adolescents are in greater risk of negative outcomes such as drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and suicidal thoughts (Gaell 2008).
Teenage suicide is a major issue in today’s society; suicide is the intentional taking of one’s own life and is a momentous issue that should be addressed as quickly as possible. Teen suicide has been the topic of numerous news headlines; yet, it still continues to have a detrimental effect on today’s youth. In the United States, suicide is currently the eighth leading cause of death for Americans, and for young adults between the ages of 15 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. This
teenage years however; when homosexuality is in the equation this can make issues more complex. Adolescent who do not fit the “norm” because they are questioning their sexuality; they often experience discrimination, substance abuse, higher rates of suicide and victimization. As a result this group is considered to be a high risk population. When communities lack Gay- Straight Alliances also known as GSA adolescents are often shunned and are forced to hide their sexual orientation in social isolation