Lgbt Essay

672 WordsNov 17, 20113 Pages
Thomas Jefferson once stated that “all men are created equal”. In today’s society this phrase is what some would call “cliché”. If all men and all women were created equal, discrimination against gays would cease to exist. We hear of associations and programs like the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth (LGBTQ), the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), The Trevor Project, or the Day of Silence that all work together to help LGBTQ’s and stop anti LGBTQ bullying. According to a report to the Secretary’s Task Force on Youth Suicide, it is three times more likely for gay and lesbian youth to commit suicide due to bullying, and 30 percent of all youth suicides are related to bullying due to sexual identity. Associations worldwide give people of all ages a chance to reach out, and speak out against bullying. The National Day of Silence (NDS) is a program sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), in which students across the country take a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying, and harassment in schools. Through their activities students can speak out against harassment and organize for change for their schools and communities. The Trevor Project also known as the Trevor Helpline, is a national organization providing crisis and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ’s through their nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone. Gay celebrities such as Adam Lambert, Lance Bass, Elton John, Jodie Foster, Ellen DeGeneres, and Anderson Cooper are all advocates of this program and reach out to stop anti LGBT’s. Arizona applauded the introduction of new legislation in the Arizona State Senate and House of Representatives designed to combat anti-gay and other types of

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