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While life gets better for millions of gays, the number of homeless LGBT teens - many cast out by their religious families - quietly keeps growing.
This is actually a really, really well done article. long but absolutely worth the read. So glad that a magazine as big as Rolling Stone is publishing content saying, “Hey, people, we may be patting ourselves on the back about marriage equality these days but there are much bigger issues still being swept under the rug.”
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One in four people in same-sex relationships suffer from domestic violence or abuse in the UK.
Do you have any ideas for making our assault education program more LGBTQ-inclusive?
Someone asked us:
Hi, hi. I’m looking for comprehensive assault education and wondered if you had any pointers? We’re reassessing the assault education program at our university and it’s super heteronormative. any tips? thanks thanks thanks
There are a ton of great resources, and YOU are great for doing this work.
So in terms of background, we know that sexual assault/violence have long gone underreported, unnoticed, or invisible in queer communities because of a combination of stigma, oppression via homophobia and transphobia, and good old-fashioned ignorance.
Yup, it’s still true that some people function under the total myth that domestic violence and sexual assault always involve a male abuser and a female victim. Not only is this just outright wrong, that kind of belief can stop people from getting the care and support they need.
Simply enough, this may mean providing some basic training for staff and volunteers, and doing some updates to print materials. You’ll want to be sure information includes LGBTQ people; the simple act of spelling out the fact that “lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are sometimes victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence” can really help queer people feel visible and encouraged to get the help they may need. It’s better to intentionally include LGBTQ language than to use vague language that by default includes everyone.
Providing basic training to staff about what it means to provide a welcoming environment for LGBTQ people includes some important steps:
- Avoid assumptions about the identity of the person seeking help; just ask. “What’s important for us to know about you and your assault in order give you the best care and support?” Open-ended questions like this can help a ton to increase a sense of inclusion and visibly for an all-too-often marginalized group of people.
- On any intake paperwork, be sure to include the option of sexual orientation and gender identity self-identification; this simple act can signal that yes, you know that LGBTQ people exist and may be seeking services and support.
- Help staff and volunteers understand how potential clients might feel a little concerned as they ask for help because sadly, most have at least one pretty awful story about being treated badly by an uninformed care provider.
It’s also a good idea to try and partner with a local LGBTQ group at your school or in your community. So do a little looking to see who’s around and doing good work around LGBTQ issues, and see if you can work on things together!
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has tons more info on making your assault programs inclusive to LGBTQ students. You can also check out the resources at your local Planned Parenthood. We have amazing community education departments with trained staff, and several of our affiliates have rape crisis and sexual assault programs as well.
And seriously, thank you. You’re doing great, important work in making sure your educating and resource-sharing includes people of various orientations, behaviors and identities, and that matters. It matters a lot. You rule.
- Calvin and Maureen at QueerTips
Hey, we wrote some more for Planned Parenthood Federation! Check it out.
Transwomen will now be admitted, making them unique among the nation’s 114 single-sex colleges. As Mills’ president told KTVU, “We were the first women’s college west of the Rockies. We were the first women’s college to have a computer science program. This is just another in many firsts.”
Great move by Mills. Here’s another take on the story from SF Gate.
Non FYSE related post
I’m in charge of two of the Religious Education hours at our church during the PRIDE month of June, one to do jewelry and headbands, and the other to do community mural painting. I figured I could print out all the different PRIDE flags and do friendship type bracelets/necklaces out of those colors and we could talk about PRIDE and inclusiveness and such.
Anyone have any good bracelet/necklace patterns that would work for the different color combinations? A lot of them are three colors (Bi, Pan, Poly, and Genderqueer) but I’d need one that would work for four colors (Ace, Aromantic) and figure out a way to do the ones where placement makes a difference like intersex and trans.
Also does anyone know of any good definitive lists of the different PRIDE flags? I know that some are still being developed and that new ideas have been offered. I can show the different evolution of flags. Also, I need a good one for the rainbow.
Any input or help anyone can offer?
Ran across another term for LGBT/QUILTBAG/GSRM!
Introducing: MOGII, Marginalized Orientations, Gender Identity, and Intersex.
Anyone heard of this one? Thoughts?
Sorry about all of the off topic post today but I have a project and I could use some input
Name all the music videos featuring the topic of LGBT+ rights or acceptance or anything within that subject that you can think of
- Macklemore’s same love
- anything by Lady Gaga
- Pink’s Raise your Glass
Thank you for the help!
As National Suicide Prevention Week continues, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention yesterday released its 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
The strategy points out groups that may be at a higher risk for suicide, namely people with mental and substance abuse disorders, those in justice or child welfare settings, and LGBT people. While the strategy outlines key ways to prevent suicide, like ending bullying and discriminatory laws and increasing access to mental health care, the most important part of it might be the explanation of the link between being LGBT and suicide:
The strategy attributes the prevalence of suicide in the LGBT community to “minority stress” stemming from cultural stigma as well as “institutional discrimination” that comes from laws that deny benefits and protections for LGBT people that are provided to others.
“These negative outcomes, rather than minority sexual orientation or gender identity per se, appear to be the key risk factors for LGBT suicidal ideation and behavior,” the strategy states. “An additional risk factor is contagion resulting from media coverage of LGBT suicide deaths that presents suicidal behavior as a normal, rational response to anti-LGBT bullying or other experiences of discrimination.”
It is so incredibly important for media to take note of this. Talking about suicide is always going to be tricky, and this gives yet another reason why it’s so crucial to choose your words carefully and really watch what you say.
Either way, this truly is great progress.