LGBTQ

Michelle Gipson In Anti-bullying CapeIF YOU ARE A PART OF
THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
BE PROUD!!!!
Y O U ARE JUST AS
VALUABLE AS EVERY
OTHER HUMAN ON
THIS PLANET
 

IF YOU ARE NOT LGBTQ
AND YOU SEE SOMEONE
WHO IS BEING BULLIED,
STAND UP FOR THEM AND
COME TO THEIR AID

LET’S STAND TOGETHER TO
STOP THE HATE


Pictured above is MICHELLE GIPSON in the cape she wanted so much. Michelle was a close friend of Hey U.G.L.Y.’s co-founder,
Betty Hoeffner. She was also Hoeffner’s co-host on Hey U.G.L.Y.’s CHOOSE TO CHANGE Radio Show.
We lost  Michelle on January 31, 2014 to suicide. She is remembered by all of us as a kind, fun-loving,
brilliant, giving, gifted human being who, oh yeah, by the way, was a Lesbian.Suicide is the second leading killer of youth today and a large percentage of those choosing to end their lives
are LGBTQ. The goal of this page, and our website in general, is to help everyone understand suicide is not the answer.
We are all put on this planet for a reason and life WILL get better. Click here to see our WHY I’M GLAD I DIDN’T TAKE MY LIFE webpage. Please join us and all the other organizations out there in the CRUSADE to STOP THE HATE.  It’s just not right. 

 

 

Coming Out Stories

Following are links to websites and hotlines designed specifically for the LGBTQ community. If there are any sites you’d like us to add, send an email to:PreventBullyingNow@heyugly.org

 

 

LGBTQ Help Lines

  DID YOU KNOW?
  
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN glsen.org) conducted a study in 2007 which showed 86% of LGBT youth reported being harassed at school. Compare this to 27.3% of all students being bullied at school as reported by the National Center for Educational Statistics in 2013. Hey U.G.L.Y. is asking all LGBT who are being bullied to seek help. Go online and find local and national groups that can help you. GLSEN is a great resource!
 

 

A new study finds that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids who come out at school suffer lower rates of depression and anxiety and higher rates of self-esteem, long-term, than those who hide their identity from their peers — even if they’re bullied as a result of coming out.

The study, published in the current issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, surveyed 245 LGBT adults ages 21 to 25 about their experiences disclosing their sexuality and gender identity in high school and how the timing of coming out affected their future life satisfaction.

“After accounting for the association between school victimization and later adjustment, being out at high school was associated with positive psychosocial adjustment in young adulthood,” reads the report, authored by University of Arizona psychology professor Stephen T. Russell.

“The correlation between victimization and being out at school was strong — like we’ve seen in studies all across the country and all across the world,” Russell told me Tuesday. “What’s new from this study is that, even though LGBT teenagers experience more bullying and victimization, being out in high school is also associated, over time, with stronger mental health.”

Russell, past president of the Society for Research on Adolescence, said he was inspired to launch the study after serving as an expert witness for the American Civil Liberties Union on a case in Florida, where a school wanted to block the formation of a gay-straight alliance.

“They were arguing that being gay is risky because we know gay kids have higher rates of suicide and depression,” he said. “So we should not have a place where kids can be gay at school. They should wait to be gay when they’re adults.”

It’s ridiculous and cruel, of course, to ask people to cloak themselves in an assumed identity for fear of offending other people’s closed-minded sensibilities. But that happens over and over in our schools — children are told to leave the offending backpack at home, dress more conventionally, choose a more traditional hobby, lest they be teased.

Russell was curious whether research would support that impulse. What he found was that the ability to live authentically is powerful enough to outweigh the blowback from people who aren’t ready to accept you as you are.

He hopes the study results shift the conversation toward making schools a safer place for LGBT kids to come out.

“We need to create safe environments for kids where they feel like they can come out without feeling like they’ll be victimized,” he said. “It’s the responsibility of adults — school administrators, community members, parents — to create communities where all kids are safe. We shouldn’t assume victimization.”

But we shouldn’t use the risk of it to talk kids out of owning their truth either.

“Although further study is needed,” Russell writes in the study, “results are encouraging: for the majority of youth, coming out may indeed be worth the risk.”

 

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