The Struggle is Real
Today’s world is filled with issues. Bullying and homosexuality are two of the most talked about topics in the news. These topics often cause controversy between people young and old. Some people may feel threatened by people who have sexual preferences other than their own. They may express this fear in a variety of ways ranging from subtle discrimination to overt violence(“Gay and Lesbian Issues -Discrimination”). Most people do not realize“homosexuals can be found in every race, religion, age group, country, state, and social group.”( “Know your Rights!”) That doesn't exclude schools. Many people teach their kids that homosexuals are a disgrace to the world. This builds tension between kids at school and later causes bullying and depression.
Most students who are bullied by a classmate about their sexuality do not report it ,but out of those that do tell 1/3 of the staff told didn't attempt to cease the problem (“Gay Bullying Statistics”). Discrimination toward homosexuals in school persecutes their choice of lifestyle and can result in their grades declining” because they feel that good grades can only make it worse. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) youth are often left out and feel bullied or depressed at school. Bullying of the LGBT often begins with name calling like faggot or dyke.Later on it can become really intense with things like physical abuse and no one knows how to make it better. Schools constantly try to keep the problem
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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
In the documentary, Noah, an 18 year old male to female transgender, many people in school ask question about her gender over and over again. Because of the harassment, many tend to drop out from school. “Harassment and bullying lead almost one-third of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) students to drop out of high school” (T Salazar). For most of them dropping out from school means working at a lower wage. Or even worse they became homeless. Some people argue that we should create a separate school of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students. However critics say that it means of “segregation or shielding the youth from the real world.” Giving a class about LGBT people in schools might be the solution, since students then will be aware of it. Education about LGBT people teaches not only students, but also the whole generation. Therefore, schools should be the primary targets to teach the society about LGBT
In my paper I will be discussing homophobia in schools and how it affects students and even teachers. Homophobia in schools is the leading cause of suicide and depression among teenagers and young adults. I believe that this is a crucial situation and needs to be addressed both at home and in school. School officials must be permitted and comfortable with addressing issues of homosexuality and homophobia that students may have. This is crucial in not only enabling a LGBT teenager to get an education that is in a non-hostile environment, but also in enabling the student to become a strong confident adult.
I can walk through the halls of my school and get shot dirty looks, pushed, shoved, and cussed at. You would think that I had done something personally to them, but it's only one thing. The fact I am a lesbian. Unfortunately, this is the reality for me, and thousands of other teens across the United States. The only reason why they are isolated, beaten, and rejected as a whole, is because Sally likes Jane, and Jessie just wants to be Jessica. The bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth is a real problem. One that needs a real solution.
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.
The Bullying Policy has been introduced around the world which, according to the 2014 observations , rates of bullying vary across studies from 9% to 98%. An observation of 80 studies analyzing bullying involvement rates for both bullying others and being bullied for 12-18 year old students reported an estimate rate of 35% for traditional bullying involvement and 15% for cyberbullying involvement (Modecki, Minchin, Harbaugh, Guerra, & Runions, 2014). This means the Bullying Prevention Policy affects million of students nationwide due to the programs created. More specifically, females face a higher indication of bullying victimization than males do. To explain, high percentages of each gender are faced with the aggressive acts of violence, making it extremely hard to perform well in the school environment. Furthermore, as many as 93 percent of students hear derogatory words about sexual orientation at least once every day at school or in their community (violencepreventionworks). Negative name calling and harassment about sexual orientation can be disrespectful to all students. For an example, 3 out of 4 students who are bullied/harassed with such remarks are not identified as lesbian, gay,
The authors of this journal examine bullying of LBGTQ youth from teachers perspectives. It is acknowledged that bulling is a concern for many children and teens, but as a LBGTQ youth the odds increase dramatically. It is important to get educators perspectives according to the authors because school environments are shaped by adults. Many LBGTQ students report bullying to educators, and do not see action, which creates a fear of confiding. A shocking fact in the article is how uncomfortable most teachers are dealing with LBGTQ based bullying, due to the fear of losing their jobs or reactions of parents. Teachers also feel unequipped to deal with LBGTQ subjects and lack training.
In the article “Core Values and the Identity-Supportive Classroom: Setting LGBTQ Issues within Wider Frameworks for Preservice Educators” by Michael Sadowski, Sadowski discusses the issues and research on LGBTQ+ in education and a school environment. He focuses on both the students’ and teachers’ behavior towards LGBTQ+ situations. For students, more often than not, there are many forms of verbal harassment that take place such as slurs and derogatory language. For teachers, it is the lack of intervention when this harassment takes place, “38.6 % of the students…indicated that their teachers never intervened when they hear students use homophobic language…44% indicated that teachers intervened only ‘sometimes’.”
You see someone being bullied at school due to their sexuality. What do you do? What can be changed to fix this? All men are created equal? The LGBTQ community should not be experiencing bullying or anytime of harassment during school, parents of those who are LGBTQ should not abandon their child and lastly the LGBTQ community should not be discriminated by not allowed them to enter a public place.
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
inspired by this and launched a multipronged education campaign to fight the use of anti-gay language and bullying. In the cases previously discussed there has been a constant repetition of how the principals react to the bullying. No matter how many complaints the mothers of these children filed, no solution even resulted. The schools never made an effort to do anything to stop this. The fact that this can continue on is unacceptable considering that it is the schools’ responsibility to care for all their students.
They receive harassment at home and then arrive at school only to receive more harassment. They have no where to turn, so they turn to homeless and the even more horrific alternative, suicide. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention aka the CDC, "LGBTQ+ youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience difficulties in their lives and school environments, such as violence." There are 1305 LGBTQ+ hate crimes that occur each year. An example of this in teens is when gay teenager Matthew Shepard was beaten and raped, causing him to experience depression and a panic disorder, and later in his life was beaten and tortured to death. This was proven to be a hate crime against him because he was gay. Matthew is just one example of millions around the globe. It is appalling to see the amount of LGBTQ+ students who would rather take their own lives than go to school. It is appalling to see that teachers are allowed to share their personal homophobic views with their classes without any consequence whatsoever. It is appalling that in the year of 2016 we are still dealing with accepting people for who they are and who they love. This is a time of
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer student population has continued to face harsh challenges and circumstances throughout their educational years. Statistics show that 84.9% of LGBTQ students experience verbal harassment which has ultimately lead to 63.5% of students feeling unsafe in their current school. (McCormick 72). The high rates of harassment, bullying, and discrimination has lead to an increase of depression, suicide, and the use of drugs. Not only are students being treated unjustly, but they also do not have the support from their own teachers or counselors. So we ask ourselves, what can be done about the violence that these students face? Should school
homophobic bullying involving LGBTI young people occurs at school and has a profound impact on their well-being and education (National GLBT Health Alliance, 2008)).
The majorities of teenagers today are being bullied due to the fact of their sexual orientation and is resulting in many children committing suicide because of it. Out of all the students in the U.S., 75 percent have no state laws to protect them from harassment and discrimination in school. Teenagers that are being bullied just want to be accepted for who they are and when gay marriage is legal nationwide they will feel that acceptance and respect. Discrimination could cause psychological distress, social conflict and ill-health Children raised in same-sex households seem to have better self-esteems because their parents allow them to explore and be themselves. I believe that if we work together and stop the hate, we could save