Schools in USA Are Not Safe for LGBTQ Youth, Study Shows

Aren’t schools supposedly the second home for students? | Photo from Highmark Foundation

Aren’t schools the second home for students? Isn’t it said to be safe and a loving environment for everyone? Well, some schools just proved they are not. LGBTQ youth is the most vulnerable to discrimination and bullies. They are a nice target for mental attack, and sometimes, it leads to physical contact. We all know that USA is arguably the most accepting nation when it comes to LGBTQ. It is ironic, however, that the discrimination cases in USA are extremely high.

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LGBTQ youth is the most vulnerable to discrimination | Photo from Indiana Youth Group

It’s a continuous battle between LGBT youth and discrimination. It leads to their depression, and this explains why the majority of suicidal victims are members of the community. When can we actually understand that they already have a conflict within their own body, why do we have to add to their burden by introducing them to bullying and discrimination?

Legal actions. As studies show, LGBTQ youth is the most vulnerable to discrimination, and in fact, they are amongst the main target. We should understand that they have already been fighting against his/her own battle, why do we need to add up to their burden? Is it fun making fun of them? What do we get from bullying them and degrading them for who they are? Legal actions and legal sanctions could be the only solution for this conflict.

For everyone who is a part of the most colorful community, it is important to never let the hurtful words get into you. Once it penetrates you, you will never be the same person again. You will start to doubt yourself, your capabilities, and your strengths.

As the bully, you’ve got to put yourself in the shoes of your prey. Keep in mind that the one you’re attacking has emotions too.

It is important to undergo the students under an institution with counseling. A regular one. They have to learn empathy. Proper regulations, also a must.  The school’s administration must be knowledgeable with this kind of discrimination so they know how to manage things when this occurs. They should take full responsibility for this matter, and set their regulations well. It’s their duty to protect each and every student in their school.

Written by Denis Santos

A Journalism student who considers nature as his second home. Likes to travel on a budget, and believes tofu and nuggets come hand in hand.

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