Until I became a charity fundraiser for No Limits I was, for many years, in primary education. It is only recently that I began to understand and realise the full extent of the prejudice suffered by young people who are LGBT ( lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender). One of my current roles is fundraising for Breakout Youth, a charity that supports young (13 to 21 years old) LGBT people in Hampshire. Here are some facts that I gleaned in my trawl for information. There is much more information on a range of sites such as Stonewall. National stats show that LGBT young people are:
- 2 to 6 times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youth.
- At much higher risk than the heterosexual population of substance abuse.
- At least 7 times more likely to be crime victims than heterosexual people.
- More likely to contract HIV (gay young men)
- More likely to be homeless (40% of homeless youth are identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual)
- More likely to be rejected (50% of all gay and lesbian youth report that their parents reject them).
If you are:
- an individual concerned with the extremely widespread issue of violence against and amongst school children and students
- a teacher or other educational staff who takes seriously every child’s right to be safe at school and to receive a quality education
- an organisation working on the rights of the child
- an organisation working on gender-based violence
- an organisation working on the rights for sexual and gender minorities
- a local authority, city council, local government,…. which has a mandate on education
- a trade union working on the right to education
- or any other constituency concerned with this issue
Then ensure that you know that facts and you actively combat homo/transphobia prejudice. If you live in Hampshire and need support, advice and help about issues around sexuality then contact Breakout Youth or No Limits.