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Gay & Lesbian Teens

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Portia Nicole

on 21 April 2014

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Gay & Lesbian Teens
Who Am I?
Impact on the Individual and Community
nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT teens have suffered from physical or verbal harassment
individuals who identify with this group are faced with various internal struggles.
these things may lead to running away from home (which is a self- protective response to violence at home or family rejection)
homelessness risky behavior/ substance abuse/ abandonment of educational goals

Suicide Risk
Hate Crimes
Problems of Youth
Homosexuality is
a mental disorder
Imagine A World...
Why do you think people judge others for being gay or lesbian
There could be several reasons why people judge gay or lesbian people.
Do you think its right to judge them?
One reason why most people think it is okay to judge them is because of religious beliefs.
Even though religions teach not to judge that is one of the main reasons people judge gay and lesbian people.
Does being different sound like a positive or negative experience to you ?
Well, Gays and lesbians have the most difficult time having a different sexual orientation.
They suffer ,social , religious , economic, and political discrimination.
People believe what they think is right because of what other people tell them.
Common Myths that people have about Gays and Lesbians
Let's talk about feelings
because i was aware of my sexual feelings, I was tormented by the fear that, at the very heart of my being, there was a fatal flaw that rendered me defective and unlovable. I thought that I could be accepted by my family and Church only if I could hide, deny, and repress the specific form that my ability to love and sexual feelings had taken place.
That is not true its a myth because being different does not make you a deviant.
Sexual behavior and orientation exist along a continuum that ranges from people who are exclusively attracted to members of the same sex, to people who are equally attracted to members of both sexes, to people who are exclusively attracted to members of the opposite sex. All are normal.
Gay men and lesbians, for the most part, are comfortable with their identities as men and women and have no desire to change their sex.
Its okay to call gays and lesbians names like "queer", "fagot" and "dike" because they are being "deviant".
Gays and lesbians are not "normal".
Gay men like to dress as women; gay men wish they were women and lesbians wish they were men.
Implications for Social Work Professionals
The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project offers services over the phone, online, and through text. Some of the services offered are:
Current Services Available
LGBT & Adolescent Development
Family Issues
School Environment
Diversity Among LGBT Youth
Risk Factors (10)
Protective Factors
Guidelines for Social Work Practice (8)
No one knows for sure what determines someones sexual orientation .
Think before you judge others.
There is no common cause for homosexuality , just as there is not one for heterosexuals.
Different Scenarios
Coming out’, only to be rejected by family members and friends
Being bullied or taunted by schoolmates on a daily basis
Homophobic jokes or harassment in the workplace
Being threatened or bashed when out on the street
Hiding part of yourself in social situations for fear of being rejected or marginalized
Feeling guilt and shame about your sexuality in the face of negative messages being delivered by the society around you.
Homeless shelters
Safe Zones
April 18th, 2014:
An Oregon woman sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the murder of her 4-year-old son because she thought he was gay.
Real-life Situation...
"That's so GAY!"
Watch what you SAY!

Producers Randy Stone & Peggy Rajski saw James Lecense bring to life Trevor.

A 13-year old boy, befriended by Pinky Farady, a hunky athletic middle school classmate.

Culture & Sexuality
An Asian American became an atheist to escape the judgement and guilt of being homosexual.
Latino LGBT members may view their sexuality as betrayal of their culture and heritage.
African Americans could be seen as adding another stigma to the already oppressed group.
these factors may have led the higher suicide rates among black homosexual males
"Lesbian identity development through group process: An exploration of coming out issues"
"Homosexual identity formation: A theoretical model"

What does the LGBT community have to do with the general community??
Please keep an
Let's talk about feelings
Because I was aware of my sexual feelings, I was tormented by the fear that at the very heart of my being there was a fatal flaw that rendered me defective and unlovable. I thought I could be accepted by my family and Church only if i could, hide, deny, and repress the specific form that my ability to love and sexual feelings had taken.
Famous Gay and Lesbian people
Quotes from Celebrities on Gay & Lesbian Community

"It is each American's constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot. Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage." -Brad Pitt
"What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business." -Jay Z
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