The at risk group I have chosen is the Lesbian/ Gay/ Bisexual/ Transgender (LGBT) Teens. During my brief yet intense research online, I have developed numerous statistics, data, and interviews about how the Lesbian/ Gay/ Bisexual/ Transgender (LGBT) Teens have been declared an at risk group for discrimination, hatred, and oppression. With that said, according to Mental Health America, “While trying to deal with all the challenges of being a teenager, gay/lesbian/ bisexual/ transgender (LGBT) teens additionally have to deal with harassment, threats, and violence directed at them on a daily basis. They hear anti-gay slurs such as ‘homo’, ‘faggot’, and ‘sissy’ about 26 times a day or once every 14 minutes. [sic]” And why must we make them an at risk group? Throughout society LGBT Teens have lived in fear of being harassed, beaten, or even killed because of their sexuality, which are products of: Societal Institutions, the New Puritanism, Heterosexism, and human morality which has predominately assumed dominance within our day-to-day lives. Description
As explained in the Introduction, the at risk group I choose for class was the Lesbian/ Gay/ Bi/ Transgender (LGBT) Teen, for the rest of this assignment we are going to call them LGBT Teens. To start off this paper we are going to break down and explain who and what LGBT stands for. According to Sue & Sue, Lesbian is the term that is given to a female who is attracted to females, Gay is the term given to a male who is attracted to males, Bi is the term given to either a male or female that are attracted to both sexes, and Transgender is a term that is given to either a male or female that personally cannot associate with their assigned gender so on the inside they feel like the opposite sex and sometimes dress that way and can even have surgery to change their gender. LGBT Teens are noted as experiencing higher rates of substance abuse, suicidal thoughts/attempts, and etcetera than heterosexual’s teens. According to GLSEN, “ 83% Lesbians and 685 of adolescents use alcohol and 56% of lesbians and 44% of gay males use other drugs. There are other associated terms for the LGBT Teens not all being of positive vibe which includes: homosexual, queer, dike, tranny, and sissy, just to name a few. Discrimination
Discrimination has been defined as the treatment taken toward or against a person of a certain group in consideration based solely on class or category. According to Sue & Sue, “Today the LGBT Community are among the most hated minority groups within the United States, and falling victim to many hate crimes and unfair legislative rulings. There is many ways the LGBT Teen is discriminated against on a daily basis, which includes: name calling, bulling, poor treatment, and religious persecution. To start off let’s talk about school bulling, according to Mental Health America, a gay person is generally called names 26 times in a normal school day. Then there are also the issues of kids being bullied at school by physical aggression, and sometimes even vandalism to their property. Another way the LGBT Teens experience discrimination is from where most people would not personally think without personally seeing it; this is discrimination from your own family. In the normal American family home, we grow up from babe with a guardian that feeds us, puts a shelter over our head, and even is supposed to love their kids no matter what. After growing up with a happy family, some LGBT Teens decide to come out and depending on the family sometimes the fact of them coming out cause’s major issues as noted by Adolescent Homosexuality, 42% of the LGBT Teens that come-out become a homeless youth and/or a throwaway youth. Other things that could happen when coming out to your guardian includes: forced to church to ask for forgiveness, getting the shit beat out of you, or the loss of family because they won’t accept you. Another type of discrimination comes from church. Not all...
Citations: Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network. 2010.
Mental Health America. 2010.
Sue, D.W., & Sue, D. (2003). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice (4th ed.) New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
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