Pre AP English
The support of homosexual and transgendered
Are homosexual and transgenedered teens getting enough support from peers, family, and churches? I believe that homosexual and transgenedered aren’t getting enough support and this is leading to violence and death among the LGBTQ community. Firstly, three percent of high school students describe themselves as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and over five percent report they are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, or have had sexual experiences with individuals of the same sex. As a minority population in schools across the country, LGBTQ youth commonly experience high rates of discrimination and harassment, yet are often not protected under school policy. And even though most parents favor teaching about sexual orientation in schools, most sexuality education programs do not cover this topic and abstinenceonlyuntilmarriage programs merely further negative sentiment toward these students. As a result, LGBTQ youth are more vulnerable to a variety of harmful behaviors, including skipping school and attempting suicide, than their heterosexual peers. Also, Negative attitudes toward lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people put these youth at increased risk for experiences with violence, compared with other students. Violence can include behaviors such as bullying, teasing, harassment, physical assault, and suiciderelated behaviors. (Facts)
According to data from Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) conducted during 2001‒2009 in seven states and six large urban school districts, the percentage of LGB students (across the sites) who were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in the prior year ranged from 12% to 28%. In addition, 19% to 29% of gay and lesbian students and 18% to 28% of bisexual students experienced dating violence in the prior year and 14% to 31% of gay and lesbian students and 17% to 32% of bisexual students had been forced to have sexual intercourse at some point in their lives. LGBTQ youth are also at increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, suicide attempts, and suicide. A nationally representative study of adolescents in grades 7–12 found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth were more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide as their heterosexual peers. More studies are needed to better understand the risks for suicide among transgender youth. However, one study with 55 transgender youth found that about 25% reported suicide attempts and sought help, but over 60% had attempted suicide. (LGBT Youth)
Some parents claim to hate their hoosexual children because of the bible. Many people quote the Bible as their reason for gay bias, denying respect, acceptance and basic human rights, going against what America AND Jesus Christ is all about. Some of these parents can be very accepting, but due to their interpretation of religion they have denied their children. LGBTQ teens have reported due to their family, about 31% have either thought our attempted suicide ( 31 Arguments
This brings me to the opposing argument, the Bible telling people that homosexuality is wrong. There are many passages talking about homosexuality, often condemning it as a sin. Here are some examples. Lev. 18:22, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."
"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them." 1 Cor. 6:910, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall ...
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