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Suicide Attempts among Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Adults

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The prevalence of suicide attempts among respondents to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS), conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality, is 41 percent, which Vastly exceeds the 4.6 percent of the overall U.S. population who report a lifetime suicide attempt, and is also higher than the 10-20 percent of lesbian, gay ... Read More »

Suicide causes for gays to be explored

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Griffith University researchers are performing extensive research to find the causes of suicides among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities. It’s the first time such research has been done in three decades. Lead researcher Delaney Skerrett, of the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, said he was prompted by a lack of suicide statistics in LGBTI communities ... Read More »

The Birth of H.A.L.T. – Humanity Against ‘Local Terrorism’

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Once upon a time in a province somewhere in Canada…I always liked this beginning to a story that starts with once upon a time; it leaves the reader with a feeling of creativity and imagination to choose when they want the story to take place.  However to make things easier, my story regarding the meaning behind the creation, and building ... Read More »

What is Homophobia – homophobic bullying

Homophobic bullying in schools can and does kill By The Calgary Herald, January 30, 2008 http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=cbc74181-3103-4366-bacf-bea306ede7ca Walk past any schoolyard at recess time and what do you hear? Kids as young as five calling each other “gay” and “fag.” At the junior and senior high school level, the word “gay” has become a universally pejorative term: “You’re gay,” kids sneer at ... Read More »

Bullycide in America (teenage suicide due to bullying)

Bullycide in America (teenage suicide due to bullying)  Moms speak out about the bullying/suicide connection This is a book of real stories about real kids. Kids who took their own lives because they thought it was their only way out of a hopeless situation.  It is about the tragic choices they made in an effort to end the pain – when ... Read More »

Preventing Homophobic Bullying – Schools

Preventing Homophobic Bullying – Schools   All schools have a duty to tackle homophobic bullying (Source: http://www.antibullying.net/homophobicinfo3.htm) Schools should aim to have an ethos which is inclusive and tolerant of difference. There is no place for anything that might be perceived as condoning homophobic attitudes or behaviour. Teachers must explicitly condemn homophobic bullying and equip themselves to be able to ... Read More »

Preventing Homophobic Bullying

Preventing Homophobic Bullying Start early - Intervene in homophobic harassment and name-calling when you hear it. Prejudice and hate are learned behaviours. Teach respect and an appreciation for differences at an early age before the seeds of intolerance take root Speak out - Confront homophobic bullying, when it is safe to do so, every time you see or hear it. ... Read More »

Consequences of Homophobic Bullying

Consequences of Homophobic Bullying It is not sexual minority youth who are inherently at-risk; rather it is the pervasive societal culture of homophobia and heterosexism that threatens their health, safety, and well-being. The sexual minority youth report more emotional and behavioural difficulties such as: Children who experience it have their education disrupted Higher symptoms of depression and externalizing behaviours It can ... Read More »

Tactics and Behaviours of Bullies

Tactics and Behaviours of Bullies Homophobic bullying may include the following behaviours and actions: •       Malicious name-calling (such as “fag”, “dyke” and “sissy”). •       Obscene and/or sexualized gestures. •       Sexualized teasing, taunting, froshing, or threats. •       Spreading rumours or gossip about a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. •       Unwanted disclosure of someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. •       Physical ... Read More »

Characteristics of a Homophobic Bully

Characteristics of a Homophobic Bully Both sexes can be involved in homophobic name-calling. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that boys are most likely to be victimized by other boys. The bullying, especially if it is physical or verbally aggressive, is often deliberate but sometimes bullies may not realize the harm that they are doing. They may believe that their victim enjoys ... Read More »