This article was published on August 23rd, 2014
Bullying. Hatred. Racism. Sexism. Homophobia. These are struggles that many people in the LGBT community face every single day. Many gay individuals have battled with these issues, tormented with fear and sadness, just because they are gay.
In a recent video, Kristen touches on several issues that she has personally dealt with, similar issues that youth today face. Change takes time, and it can be scary for some people, but at some point, we need to turn the page and start a new chapter in history.
As a results of change, people are going to have to swallow their pride. Many of these people will be long gone, but there is a new generation who are teaching their children to be kind, accepting, diplomatic, open, and understanding.
We should be encouraging others to grow and develop to a more accepting society. Not just in the LGBT community, but all communities. We are all responsible to foster a world of love and tolerance, and to help others in their time of need.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), is an important organization working in the United States to help with the LGBT rights movement. While some progress has been made, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, especially in the United States. Canada, and many other countries around the world, set prime examples of how equal rights should be, for all people, regardless or race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, creed, etc.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst youth ages 10-24, LGBT youth are four times more likely to commit suicide, and questioning youth as high as three times more likely, compared to their heterosexual peers. Suicide is never the answer, but many youth are driven to that point because they haven’t had a positive network of friends, peers, and even resources to help them through their difficult time.
Everyone has a story. Some people have shared their story earlier than others. For those that are capable of sharing their story can help by showing today’s youth that they are not alone, and never will be, as long as they are in a safe, loving and trusted environment.
“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou