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« on: January 27, 2017, 10:08:01 pm »

The morning after Donald Trump was elected president, the Trevor Project reported that calls to its LGBTQ youth crisis hotline had more than doubled. It was just the first sign of how deeply Trump’s win has rattled many young people, with many of our most vulnerable particularly affected — LGBTQ youth, black and Latinx youth, girls, Muslims, and young immigrants.

Young people are so frightened and unsettled by the election results that some are hiding who they are, wondering if they can still have the future they’d dreamed of and questioning their own safety and well-being.

We know this because we asked them. After the election, the Human Rights Campaign surveyed more than 50,000 young people — across states, sexual orientations, gender identities, races, ethnicities, religions, and immigration statuses. The results were sobering and heartbreaking.

Seventy percent of participants have seen bullying, hate messages, or harassment during or since the election. Among these participants, 70 percent witnessed an incident motivated by race or ethnicity. More than a quarter of LGBTQ youth said they have been personally bullied or harassed since Election Day — compared to 14 percent of non-LGBTQ youth — with transgender young people most frequently targeted. Hispanic and Latinx respondents were 20 percent more likely than other youth to report having been personally bullied, with harassment targeting both immigrant and nonimmigrant communities.

In the survey, undertaken in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens, Southern Poverty Law Center, Mental Health America, Trevor Project, Planned Parenthood, True Colors, and National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, we also invited participants to write about their experiences — and the stories they shared were truly alarming. Our young people are hearing messages that “Donald Trump is gonna deport you.” They are being spit on, called “freaks” or “wastes of space.” What’s worse, one transgender person of color who is only 17 years old called this harassment “just part of an average day.”

As adults, we owe it to our young people to listen — we need to hear them and we need to act. They are still coming to terms with a national election in which they were not able to vote, but one that will affect their daily lives in very real ways. Our LGBTQ, black, Latinx, Muslim, disabled, and immigrant youth, especially girls and those outside the gender binary, are coming to terms with an administration that ran on a platform of attacking their rights and belittling them.

We must work to end the bullying and harassment they are experiencing — including in their schools and from those now holding the country’s highest offices. They must see us acting with kindness and courage, unwavering in our commitment to inclusion, and we must be their strongest reinforcements when they do the same.

On a hopeful note, our survey showed that most young people feel more motivated to help others than ever before. They talked about volunteering, canvassing for political causes in which they believe, and intervening when they see bullying and harassment. They are not asking to be shielded or treated with kid gloves. But now more than ever they need us to stand with them.

As one young person from Michigan wrote, “My generation … is working harder than ever to make sure the American dream is accessible to everyone and that everyone is included in our society. They are taking a stand against hate. They are demanding a just world, and are fighting for it.”

LGBTQ teens are amazing and they are raising their voices. In a powerful video the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network produced as part of its No Name-Calling Week, high-schoolers from across the country urge President Trump to reject bigotry and hate and serve as a president for all, and GLSEN has mobilized education leaders in a Call to Action to embrace the values of respect and inclusion. Last week in another inspiring action called Reclaim Our Schools, teachers stood up in support of their students — immigrant, Muslim, LGBTQ — any and all feeling under attack. 

As adults — whether parents, teachers, neighbors, members of the community — we need to support young organizers raising their voices and we need to send a strong message to all young people that they are not alone — that we can and will have their back. There are many ways adults can support the youth in their lives. If you work with youth join some of these actions and, as a teacher, counselor, social worker or other professional, consider joining us at our Time to Thrive conference in April to learn best practices in creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youth. There are still too many young people out there who feel they do not have a single ally in their lives — who feel hopeless and worry not only about the state of the future but about their ability to live in it.

We need to learn from and support young organizers and we need to act to make the world safe for all our young people. Let’s listen — and let’s get to work.


« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2017, 04:52:47 am »


While you have my gratitude for posting part of the article instead of just the link (as 'certain someone' does) I think you went too far.


I must say one thing, as a foreigner who lives in another country, the victory of Trump shows that not all Americans were living the 'American Dream'...there were sectors of the population that the Democrats left abandoned and tired of being cast aside.  That explains the key states that allowed Trump to win.  So I find ironic that some youths are now crying out loud that they will fight to ensure everyone lives the American Dream.


« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2017, 12:32:01 pm »

Part of the problem is all the gender politics and idiotic BS we have been seeing the last 10 years or so. 

We have a 52yo man claiming to be a 6yo girl.

We have Bruce Jenner claiming to be transgender, but a "heterosexual lesbian" because he's all man and attracted to women.  Eddie Izzard is identical to Bruce, but he admits he's only a cross dresser. 

We have Talcum X Shaun King and Rachel Dozehal who claim to be trans-racial.  TYT is rewarding Shuan King for his fraud. 

We have Dakota who claims to be a "gender terrorist".

We have Elliot Cope who claims to be a transsexual male, but only dresses like a girl, her actual gender.  She needed to cause a fuss by being a special snowflake and had to use the boys' bathrooms. 

We have Milo Stewart who claims to be transgender but has no masculine side.  So how is she/he anything other than the girl she was born as? 

SmuggleyPuff false flagged her high school by spray painting anti LGBT graffiti.  Later we see her/him punching a reporter and then attacking a retired couple who were walking their dog at an anti free speech rally. 

We have TrigglyPuff who's a university fat acceptance lecturer who calls everything she disagrees with "hate speech".   She says that anyone who won't fuck a fat person a "fatist". 

We have otherkins who claim to be dragons, wolves, lions, etc, etc, who are trapped in human bodies. 

NYC has criminalize misusing a person's "personal pronouns", even if done accidentally.  $125,000 fine for each accidental case and $250,000 for doing it on purpose.  This is any made up words a person claims is their personal pronouns and they can change them at anytime they like. 

Canada is going to pass C-16 which is the same as above. 

There are countless examples of these freaks.   These are the ones that people are going after, not normal LGBTIs.   

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