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LGBT Discrimination

WMNS 387 midterm

Caitlynn Samuel

on 10 June 2010

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LGBT Discrimination in Schools Statistics Stories Helpful Resources 2007 National Climate Survey 86.2% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 44.1% reported being physically harassed because of their sexual orientation. 73.6% heard derogatory remarks such as "faggot" or "dyke" frequently or often at school. 60.8% of students reported that they felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation and 38.4% felt unsafe because of their gender expression. Only 36.6% reported having a GSA at school. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Daniel Radcliffe has been working with The Trevor Project, one of the leading LGBT suicide prevention organizations, since 2009. He has become a major donor and an active participant in the organization. Most recently, he has helped launch a public service announcement for LGBT youth contemplating suicide. He ends the ad by saying, "Be proud of who you are." Cole Goforth is a 15 yr old High School student. He came into school on Apr. 5th wearing a Tshirt he got at the local mall that said "I Heart Lady Gay Gay." The administration spotted him and sent him home saying "they were worried that a shirt that said the word "Gay" on it would make students uncomfortable." Cole and his mother didn't take this punishment quietly. Cole said that he didn't think anything was wrong with it because the other students get to wear shirts with religios symbols and rebel flags on them. The school board apparently made statements that "if he wore this in California, he'd fit in just fine," says Cole's mother. April 16th marks the National Day of Silence, a day where students remain silent to draw attention to LGBT bullying. On that day in Kentucky, two straight students forcibly took a lesbian student to a park, beat her up, and tried to push her off of a cliff. 18 yr old Cheyenne Williams managed to get away and also film all of this on her cell phone somehow. The two girls were arrested and released on bond and a third underage girl has been charged as well. The Day of Silence was commemorated in their school but there were also students that walked around with stickers that said "Gay is not the way." When a freshman showed up for his first day at Central Kings Rural High School in Nova Scotia wearing a pink shirt, he was jumped by a group of 10 students who called him gay and threatened to assault him. The next day, David Shepherd and Travis Price, two seniors who had seen the incident, showed up at school with 75 pink tank tops, a pink basketball, and pink material to make headbands. Price said, "The bullies got angry" and "Kid's don't need this in their lives, worrying about what to wear to school. That should be the last thing on their minds." Shepherd said one of the bullies angrily asked him if he knew that pink on a male was a symbol of homosexuality. He told the bully that "it didn't matter to him and it shouldn't to anyone." Shepherd also added that when the bullied student saw the group of kids in pink shirts that he was all smiles. Proposed Law The Trevor Project
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Human Rights Watch
PFLAG (Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Amnesty International Senator Al Franken introduced an important bill on May 20th that would offer remedies for discrimination “based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity” in public elementary and secondary schools. The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) would help to end entrenched biases towards LGBT students in our education system. GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard said. "SNDA will send a clear message to schools that they must address the hostile environment many LGBT students face in schools." Works Cited The Senate version is a companion bill to H.R. 4530, introduced by Rep. Jared Polis in the House early this year, which would prohibit discrimination in schools on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/news/record/2579.html www.dreamworld.org/oystergsa/gsa_statistics.html www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/library/record/2340.html?state=research&type=research www.tolerance.org/activity/anti-gay-discrimination-schools http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/daniel_radcliffes_fight_against_lgbt_suicide http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/when_gay_t-shirts_get_you_sent_home_from_school www.towleroad.com/2007/09/students-stand-.htm http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/students_try_to_push_lesbian_classmate_off_of_cliff http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=23703 http://blog.ruderetro.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/I-heart-Lady-Gay-Gay-T-Shirt-500x500.jpg
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