A Summary On The And Age Essay

1152 Words Sep 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
Summary of Article In today’s day and age, the idea of being “not heterosexual” has become less taboo and more accepted. People of the LGBTQ+ community are able to live their lives easier and freer than ever before, or, one would think. However, almost the exact opposite exists in the younger LGBTQ+ community. Due to more acceptance of non-cis genders and non-heterosexual persons, society anticipated the suicide rates of the younger LGBTQ+ community to decrease; unfortunately, the statistics prove an 180-degree flip. A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016) displayed that out of 15,000 high school students surveyed, 29.4% of students who identified as gay, lesbian, and bisexual said they had attempted suicide in the last 12 months. LGBTQ+ students still feel unsafe at schools, facing constant threats, bullying, and social exclusion. Not surveyed were those among the transgender community because the survey did not have the option to select “transgender” as the gender identity. Zeam, a transgender student from Minnesota, was interviewed to see what a typical day for a transgender high schooler looked like. They told the interviewer that they would suffer from unexpected groping and body checks in the hallways, constant guidance counselor sessions, and self-harming actions. Zeam went on to say that their friends were oftentimes thrown out of their homes because of bigot family members. The only place LGBTQ+ teens feel…

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