California Department of Education: LGBT Resource Center in all High Schools throughout California
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In my Communications 2 class at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, we were introduced to "Fundamental Human Rights ", and it states "we have these rights as long as we do not harm others". Of the 8 fundamental human rights we have, the first one is "we have the right to be treated with respect". If this is a right everyone has, why should we exclude gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders? If not, why shouldn’t we fight for their rights? And what is better than starting in High Schools where bullies exist in every corner and where teenagers experience their most important phase of personal growth?
Discrinimation based on sexual orientaion and gender identity (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Discrimination/Pages/LGBT.aspx) is a human right's issue that is recognized by the United Nations. We would think it never happens around us, but it does.
It is sad that some students in high school are being bullied solely because of the characteristic that distinguishes them from the rest, which includes their sexual orientation.“According to the gay bullying statistics from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, about one fourth of all students from elementary age through high school are the victims of bullying and harassment while on school property because of their race, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion or sexual orientation” (bullyingstatistics.org). As reported by a survey by Bullying Statistics, teens reported 9 of 10 are being bullied because of their sexual orientation. As a result, “gay and lesbian teens are 20 to 30 percent more likely to commit teen suicide than other youth”(bullyingstatistics.org).
By having a LGBT resource center in a school, it not only familiarizes students with topics in LGBT, it also provides support to LGBT teens when they have troubles with fellow students. The main reason for an alarmingly high suicide rate among LGBT teens is because they feel left out from their peers and often feel hopeless and secluded. Therefore, having a resource center with friendly staff, counseling, and psychological therapy available for troubled teens can definitely decrease, and to some extent even prevent suicidal thought. Another important reason for having LGBT resource centers is that by familiarizing other students on topics of homosexuality, and sexual identity, students get used to the idea and will no longer be indifferent towards LGBT issues.
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