LGBTQ Bullying

It’s difficult being a teenager and even more so being a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning youth (LGBTQ).  Young people who are LGBTQ or thought to be LGBTQ are huge targets to bullies.

For example, do you know these young people?

Tyler Clementi, 18
Asher Brown, 13
Billy Lucas, 15
Seth Walsh, 13
Justin Aaberg, 15
Zach Harrington, 19
Joseph Walker-Hoover, 11
Jamey Rodemeyer, 14
Raymond Chase, 19
Lance Lundsten, 18

All of these young people took their lives because they were bullied to death. Young people who were (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning youth) LGBTQ, perceived to be LGBTQ or just different. None of these young people knew each other but they did have one thing in common. They were each bullied by their peers and in some cases told that their lives were not worth living. Sadly, this list is much longer now and many more young people are suffering every single day in silence.  It’s important to build safe schools and environments for all of our youth.

Schools must send a strong message that no one will be treated differently because they are, or are perceived to be, LGBTQ. The consideration of adding sexual orientation and gender identity protection to policies should be priority for school districts. Students, faculty, staff, and parents must speak-up and speak-out when they know a student is being bullied and mistreated for any reason. Silence and being blind will not make bullying go away.  We should be graduating our students and not burying them.  Together we can make a difference and KDE Motivates will support you and guide you along the way to creating a safer environment for all.  In addition, KDE Motivates will customize a presentation or workshop to meet the needs of your school or organization.

Other related links
http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=194&srcid=-2
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/