Pride Month:- LGBT Community 2020
“WHEN YOU REDUCE LIFE TO BLACK AND WHITE YOU NEVER SEE RAINBOWS.”
The term LGBT (LGBTQ) was put in effect in the 1990s and refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (and queer or questioning) people.
The planet Mercury symbolizes the transgendered community. The name PRIDE is accredited to a bisexual social reformer Brenda Howard with the eke-name ‘Mother of Pride”.
The rainbow flag is an inspiration from the rainbow itself showcasing the dissimilar groups in the gay community.
Pride Day or Pride March refers to celebrations that typically take place in June to commemorate the Stonewall Inn riots of June 28, 1969. Modern gay civil rights movement Is borne from these riots.
Feeling different can be experienced since childhood although many fail to distinguish it from feeling normal.
In schools and classrooms, LGBT Pride Month is an excellent opportunity to talk with students about LGBT people and their struggles to achieve equality and justice in all aspects of their lives.
It is an opportunity to learn about important people in history, analyze heterosexism and explore its causes and solutions. It is deliberate to highlight a variation of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures.
The term PRIDE is used to express the LGBT community’s identity and collective strength.
The commonly stated goal among their movements is social equality. The people of this community are more likely to experience intolerance, discrimination, harassment, and the threat of violence due to their sexual orientation.
Although many societies have made noteworthy progress in Human Rights advocacy, LGBT rights struggle to find universal acceptance.
After the universal declaration for Human Rights, more and more people are openly expressing their sexual orientation and organizing and demanding their rights. Because of the growth in the work of these groups, acceptance of LGBT rights around the world is growing.
On the contrary, despite these encouraging realities, they face drawbacks in the society where heterosexuality is often pretended as the ONLY acceptable orientation.
They continue to face discrimination and exclusion across the world in all spheres of life. It is common for LGBT youngsters to feel scared or nervous during this stage.
Some isolate themselves from their peers, especially if they feel that they don’t fit in or are given a hard time for being different.
Many children may try to suppress these feelings to meet societal expectations. 75% of 100% LGBT students report feeling unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation. Majority of teens who are LGBT come out to their close friends and known ones.
No reason has conclusively proven what causes homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.
Gay or lesbian teens are 50% more likely to use alcohol and three times more likely to use drugs than heterosexual teens. They are also more likely to be homeless.
They face discrimination on the bedrock of acts of prejudice, negative stereotypes, and the differences.
They’re hurled with problems to access healthcare on the ground of their sexual orientation and due to this many try to avoid the exact treatments required leading to poor health states, worse mental health status, and high rates of eating disorders.
Yet, despite today’s advances, we all know that bullying, assaults, discriminations, homelessness, mental health issues, suicide, homophobia, and transphobia remain awful realities for too many young.
Schools remain to create problems for young teens, more than :
- 70% percent are verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation,
- 55% because of their gender expression,
- 30% missed at least one day of school in the past month as a result of feeling unsafe or uncomfortable,
- 30% were physically harassed because of their sexual orientation and above 20% because of their gender expression.
Students who fall into this group are five times as likely possibly missing school stating the reason for insecurity.
It is a lifelong journey for an individual of understanding and acknowledging one’s own gender identity.
It is important for parents of this particular community to understand that their child would come out stronger than the other and will have its own bunch of experiences.
In words of expectations and hope, homophobia is still one of the last acceptable forms of bigotry and intolerance and my hope is that that changes.
In order to be the voice, we need to upraise and uplift the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors and take baby steps to raise equality.