TREATMENT OF LGBT
This Annotated Bibliography is being submitted on March 19, 2010 for Michele Howerton-Vargas’s G324/Enc3311 Advanced Composition course at Rasmussen College.
Perception and Treatment of LGBT
When our children and our youth comes to terms with their sexuality and identifies themselves as being a lesbian, or gay, bisexual or perhaps a transgender human being, they are facing this unrelenting teasing and bullying their peers in school or in public. This aggression can be sexual in nature or the effects can closely resemble those of sexual harassment and then can constitute sexual harassment. Middle and high school students are dealing with verbal and physical bullying in school to where these students are either dropping out or transferring schools or even becoming a home …show more content…
Our educators, health professionals, parents, and any other concerned adult can make a difference in the lives of our LGBT youth. Often, bullying towards LGBT youth targets their non-conformity to gender norms. This type of bullying can be considered to be a form of sexual harassment and this harassment is covered under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Research has shown that our bullied LGBT youth are more likely to skip school, smoke cigarettes, use alcohol and drugs, or even engage in other risky behaviors (Ponton, 2001) The lesbian, gay or bisexual youth are more than twice as likely as other youths and children to be depressed and think about or will attempt suicide (Ponton, 2001). These risks are the same whether our youth are LGBT, are heterosexual but are wrongly perceived to be LGBT, or they will even choose to hide their sexual orientations.