Study finds the obvious; LGBT youth need parental support

You might say this is stating the obvious (and you would be right), but restating the facts never hurt anyone. According to HuffPo:

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, evaluated risk factors associated with self harm and suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adolescents between ages 16 and 20.

Support from family and friends often acted as an effective preventive factor against inflicting self-harm and suicide among the population.

Adolescents who felt victimized and didn’t have a trusted support network were more likely to have suicidal thoughts and inflict harm, the research suggests.

This isn’t, or at least shouldn’t be, controversial. And yet somehow it’s a point that we find ourselves continually needing to make: LGBT youth need a support network to help them through their trials and tribulations. Whether that be friends or parents, they need someone to listen to them, talk to them and love them just like anyone else.

Unfortunately so many of our youth don’t receive love and support they need at home, as evidenced by the disproportionately high rate of homelessness amongst LGBT youth. And too often, schools in this day and age aren’t proactively trying to make their halls and classrooms a safe, welcome space for LGBT youth. Thus we read story after story of beautiful young children taking their own lives because they have no support at home (or no home) and while they may have a circle of friends at school, it may not be enough to fight off the hurt, anguish and isolation they face as a result of anti-gay bullying.

This truth, that children need support; and especially LGBT children, makes it so obvious how much of a lie the Christian Right in this country perpetuates when they claim to be concerned about families and children. When they talk about “family” or when they mention their concern for children, they’re concern is with the myth of the “perfect nuclear family.” Its a family unit that never existed much in reality; fabricated out of whole cloth to keep women in the house where misogynistic men thought they should be and keep children strictly obedient to their fathers wishes. Despite the fact that their ideal family unit has never really been a truth for most people, they’re hellbent on trying to ensure that anyone who falls out of their little fantasy land is bullied back into order. And it is bullying. They claim that telling young children being gay is a sin (that they’ll burn in hell for) is simply stating fact. It’s not, and it mangles these young children’s minds into thinking their sick, perverted and should be ashamed of who they are. Then these self professed Christians look at their results of their bullying and harassment and try to pin back on us, claiming that the fact that LGBT youth are more prone to suicidal tendencies or substance abuse problems is a sign that children know it’s wrong. The only thing wrong here however, is that we live in a society where parents think its okay to degrade their own children’s self worth until they’re close to the edge of their life. No child should have to suffer that, whether LGBT or not. And no parent should ever claim to be loving and compassionate if they cannot except their children for who they are in the core of their being.


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