Unfortunately although our society is working towards becoming more accepting of the LGBT community there still are plenty reports of bullying and harassment of LGBT adolescents in the public school system. According to Roxane Gay's essay “nine out
[The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) organization at my high school, which meets twice per month, generated a list of concerns that they shared with school administration. The focus was specifically about gender identity, the lack of support from school staff, and the daily scrutiny they face as a result of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Through collaboration with my colleagues it was evident that there had been an increase in teacher and student referrals surrounding gender identity. The feedback from GSA clearly identified that as a school we are not meeting the needs of our LGBT students and those struggling with sexual orientation. Members of the GSA clearly feel that teachers ignore negative comments like “gay” and “faggot” when they hear them in class, that teachers may not clearly understand gender neutral language, and that our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students do not feel safe and protected in school. Students needed support advocating for their right to use a restroom, correct pronoun, etc., requiring district, community, parent, and colleague
The common thought has been bullying is a normal reaction to school. Studies show that bullying is the result of underlying issues. Traditional bullying was a common thug trying to make a place for themselves, whereas now it has gone to new heights, it now includes physical trauma and even death. We find that bullying affects the bully as well as the victim. The victims tend to have more problems in school with attendance and achievements within the academic world. This is not just about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, it involves all students that don’t fit societies idea of normal then the person gets bullied. The amount of attention given to this issue is a direct result of this escalation in events within the school system from grade schools to universities. The most pressing problem with getting the bullying policies changed is the conservative communities that school boards serve and convincing them that these policies need to be
When 11% of Australia’s population as a member of the LGBT community, having 61% of these people facing homophobic abuse is a real issue and it needs to be solved now. Since it’s first appearance in 2010, the safe schools program has helped gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender kids to feel acceptance and combat against homophobic bullying. Although the ‘Safe Schools’ program has showed extremely positive outcomes when it came to reduction of bullying and overall happiness of students, however, the current Australian Government
When was the last time that you saw a positively portrayed LGBT+ person in the media? How many LGBT+ people that are portrayed in TV shows and movies actually survive until the end of the series or, even more rare, actually have a happy ending? It’s very tragic that many people cannot answer these questions easily or even at all. This, in many instances, is not really any fault of their own, but spawns from the terrible portrayment of this community in the media. For many reasons such as stereotypes, the advancement of society, and the projection of this negativity on people, the LGBT+ community needs to be more adequately represented in the media.
Homophobic bullying is an epidemic that affects gay pupils’ attendance and attainment at school. Stonewall’s 2012 research found that over half of lesbian, gay and bisexual students experience homophobic bullying at school. This is supported by ‘The Teachers’ Report,’ which states that teachers often hear homophobic language used such as “that’s so gay” or “you’re gay.” If this language continues to go unchallenged, it can have severe negative consequences for young people, resulting in them skipping lessons or even more seriously, resulting in depression and self-harm. All because of what you say!
Imagine if homosexuals were treated the same as everyone else, nobody gave them a second look, nobody silently whispering about them. Homosexuals have been treated differently since people have known about them, since they have come out and showed us the real them. Homosexuals, over years have been trying to be treated the same, like everyone else, they have walked through everyone's opinion, through the scientific thoughts about them, through the way they have been treated, through all these years. Throughout their history homosexuals have been fighting for rights,the rights to be married, everyone has thoughts about homosexuality whether it has to do with psychology, or genes, whether it is wrong or right according to their
Society has created many stereotypes during the years, stating that marriage can only be accepted if it is between women and men, however, there is a community that was created to fight against these prejudices; this culture is called LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender). This culture was found during 1990’s here in the USA, to defend same-sex love and sexuality of ancient civilizations.
The LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer/questioning) community has many individuals who are in primary, secondary and postsecondary institutions. Bullying that takes place at these locations often occur with people that identify or are perceived to be affiliated with the LGBTQ community. This issue is not only important to me, but it is extremely important to those professionals in the educational fields. Bullying has come to a head in the past few years and has really shown that it is a problem. Educational professionals should take this information and try to find ways in which we can help to decrease the amount of bullying in general, not only with LGBTQ individuals.
When there are teens even anyone of any age bully because of LGBT they are usually confused. They don’t understand how they are feeling. This goes mainly to children because they are the most confused on what goes on.
Most LGBT youth become happy with who they are which gives them room to thrive during their adolescent years. Attending a school that has a safe and comfortable environment for every student is especially important. Positive environments can help all youth achieve good grades and maintain good mental and physical health. However, some youths are more likely than their straight peers to experience bad health and life outcomes. Experiences with violence, compared to other students, come easy to LGBT individuals that can cause increased risks for unfortunate circumstances.‘Violence’ includes behaviors such as teasing, harassment, and physical assault. It is important that students at risk have access to resources and support to deal with any questions or challenges they may have or face as they mature. Surveyed LGBT students reported 10% were threatened or injured, 34% were bullied, and 28% were bullied electronically.
Some people say that school policies should be able to prevent bullying and harassment because it will protect LGBT students and teachers from discrimination. The policies can help students be aware of fellow students who are in LGBT community and understand that there will be consequences if they do not follow the policies. It can also help target bullies discriminating LGBT peers and protection from bullying and harassment. According to National Institutes of Health, “laws and policies that enumerate sexual orientation and gender identity as protected grounds are more effective than those that merely provide a general admonition against bullying” (Thoreson). Policies are effective rules that can promote LGBT issues, but it is not fully effective when teachers and counselors do not address the issues.
Our culture emphasizes a mentality that encourages dominance and aggression. Extreme bullying, often using sexual slurs such as "gay, fag, slut and whore," is becoming a common experience for students of all ages, and in particular, for children aged 11-13.
8. A comparison/contrast of your interviewee with the generalizations and/or stereotypes of this group (e.g., referring to the sources you used in the section 1.c.i.) According to our textbook, a Gallup poll revealed that “28% of Americans believe that gays and lesbians should not be hired as elementary school teachers” (McAuliffe, 2013, p. 418). This is in contrast to what my interviewee has encountered. She stated that she has been more supported by her colleges than expected and has not encountered any opposition as an elementary school teacher.