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Preventing Suicide Among LGBTQ Youth

Preventing Suicide Among LGBTQ Youth

Bullying and LGBT Youth Lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) youth and those perceived as LGBT are at an increased risk of being bullied. There are important and unique considerations for strategies to prevent and address bullying of LGBT youth. Creating a Safe Environment for LGBT Youth It is important to build a safe environment for all youth, whether they are straight or LGBT. Build strong connections and keep the lines of communication open. Federal Civil Rights Laws and Sexual Orientation Federal civil rights laws do not cover harassment based on sexual orientation. Many states protect against bullying because of sexual orientation in their state laws. Additional Resources

Homosexuality and the Bible Issues :: Domestic Violence The following questions will not absolutely determine whether or not your relationship is abusive, but if you answer in the affirmative to one or more of them, you should at least consider the possibility of abuse: When you’re with your partner, do you feel as though: You have to watch what you say or do? Sometimes you're just not safe? Things are either really great, or there's a lot of trouble-but it's never just OK? Has your partner ever: Told you who you could see or where you could go? Has he or she ever: Threatened you physically? If you think you are being abused please refer to the list of NCAVP member agencies to find help. Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence/abuse) is defined as a pattern of behaviors utilized by one partner (the abuser or batterer) to exert and maintain control over another person (the survivor or victim) where there exists an intimate, loving and dependent relationship. Verbal abuse including name calling 1.

Huff Post: Gay Marriage Unheard Voices: Stories of LGBT History The History and Impact of Anti-LGBT Slurs In this lesson students listen to the oral history of an advocate for LGBT family rights, and use her personal story as a vehicle for considering how anti-LGBT attitudes are formed. Students explore the derivation of the words “gay,” “faggot” and “dyke” in order to better understand the long history of judgment and hate behind these words. They also reflect on the testimony of LGBT teens about the impact of terms like “that’s so gay.” Students will reflect on the oral history of an individual involved in the LGBT rights movement. download here (.pdf format – requires Acrobat Reader) Time: 55-70 mins. or two class periods Grade Level: Grades 6 & up Strategies and Skills: connecting past to present, cooperative group work, critical thinking, debate, forming opinions, historical understanding, large and small group discussion, media literacy, reading skills Handouts/Supporting Documents: download all handouts (.pdf format) Advance Preparation:

The Art of Transliness GATE - Global Action for Trans* Equality | working for trans* rights internationally Trans • What? Glossary of terms There is a wide variety of terms — often ambiguous, complex, and newly-coined ones — to describe trans experience and identities. Included among this list will be some fairly simple explanations; if a term is hotly debated, I will say so, and not bother to explain the details very clearly. I'm also taking the liberty of defining a few words that you're no doubt familiar with ("gender" and "sex" and so on, and other words like "pass" or "stealth"), as they may have connotations in the trans community that most people don't normally associate them with. Click one of the underlined letters below to take you to the beginning of that letter's particular section. An ally, in this context, refers to a cisgender (see below) person who fully supports the rights of trans people, treats their genders with respect, and actively helps work against transphobia. Androgyny is the quality exhibited by people who are difficult to identify as either clearly male or clearly female.

Allyship: first steps Allyship to trans people involves a number of different actions: some are necessary and relatively easy, while some require more commitment and activism. I will make several lists in order of priority. Some of these are behaviors that you must engage in to treat trans people respectfully; some are goals to aspire to, but they may take a while and require some more courage! Call people by their preferred name, pronouns, and label.