Please Appoint an Advisor on LGBT Youth Issues
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Please Appoint an Advisor on LGBT Youth Issues

    1. Caleb Laieski
    2. Petition by

      Caleb Laieski

      Phoenix, United States

Urge the Obama Administration to appoint a youth advisor to work with the administration on the everyday emotional and complex issues that LGBT youth face.

In the past couple of years, our country has seen a tremendous swing in regards to the acceptance of minority groups, but research and statistics still show that LGBT youth are going through personal struggles both at school and at home. Some of these struggles consist of bullying, physical abuse, insolation and lack of support. These issues have resulted in attributing to an elevated percentage of LGBT youth that drop out of school, become homeless, abuse drugs and even commit suicide.

According to PFLAG, approximately 30% of gay and lesbian youth drop out of school due to hardships from physical and verbal abuse. This statistic is caused by the lack of support and intervention for gay and lesbian students by teachers and school administrators. Additionally, the few teachers that would like to step in, often do not have the proper training on how to intervene in anti-LGBT bullying.

Sometimes these youth don’t have support within the home, which contributes to one in every two LGBT youth being rejected by their parents. In 30% of cases, parents will kick their kids out of their own house, attributing to the fact that 40% of all homeless youth are LGBT.

Please express your strong support to the White House. It's time to give our youth a voice!

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    • J W SACRAMENTO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

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    • Alejandro Menendez MIAMI, UNITED STATES
      • almost 3 years ago

      I would like to express my greatest appreciation for your dedication towards a more equal America.

      In the past couple of years, our country has seen a tremendous swing in regards to the acceptance of minority groups, but research and statistics still show that LGBT youth are going through personal struggles both at school and at home. Some of these struggles consist of bullying, physical abuse, insolation and lack of support. These issues have resulted in attributing to an elevated percentage of LGBT youth that drop out of school, become homeless, abuse drugs and even commit suicide.

      According to PFLAG, approximately 30% of gay and lesbian youth drop out of school due to hardships from physical and verbal abuse. This statistic is caused by the lack of support and intervention for gay and lesbian students by teachers and school administrators. Additionally, the few teachers that would like to step in, often do not have the proper training on how to intervene in anti-LGBT bullying.

      Sometimes these youth don’t have support within the home, which contributes to one in every two LGBT youth being rejected by their parents. In 30% of cases, parents will kick their kids out of their own house, attributing to the fact that 40% of all homeless youth are LGBT.

      I am in strong support of the White House appointing a youth advisor that would work with the administration on the everyday emotional and complex issues that our LGBT youth face.

      Best Regards,

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    • Anonymous Jones MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • almost 3 years ago

      It gets worse and worse.

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    • Ummesalmah Khan MISSISSAUGA, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Things need to change.

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    • Mary Napier HARSENS ISLAND, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      I believe that the president has enough jobs, and it would be more effective to have a LGBT issue advisor.

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