Help create (an) LGBT+ safe zone(s) at Stone Hill Middle School
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Safe Zones for LGBTQ+ Youth
LGBTQ+ youth deal with many difficulties in their lives, like being bullied, and not being accepted by society. In some cases, they don’t have a supportive family, or friends. For a lot of LGBTQ+ youth, they don’t feel safe going to school because of the fear of not being accepted. Providing safe zones for them can make a huge impact on them. If LGBTQ+ safe zones are provided and improved, and teachers and staff support/help LGBTQ+ youth, LGBTQ+ youth will feel safer and more positive in school.
There are so many benefits to providing LGBTQ+ safe zones in schools. A safe zone can be a person or a place where it is safe to talk about LGBTQ+ topics (The Safe Zone Project). For one, it will make LGBTQ+ youth feel safer and more accepted by society. The LGBTQ+ community is a very hated community, and isn’t widely accepted by society. Also, it will make coming to school easier. When you are being bullied, or picked on, especially if it's because of your sexuality or gender identity, that can make you want to skip school to avoid the people picking on you.Providing safe zones can also decrease suicide rates in LGBTQ+ youth, which at the moment is very high (The Trevor Project).
Teachers and staff can also do many things to help provide a safe zone for LGBTQ+ students. For one, they can take a training course to help them learn more and better understand the LGBTQ+ community (GLSEN). They can also make themselves known to students as an ally and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. Knowing there is someone you are sure will support you for being yourself can help students feel more comfortable at school.
There are already things being done to help provide LGBTQ+ safe zones in schools. GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) has a guide to help teach people how to provide safe zones. There are also GSA Clubs (Gay Straight Alliance) in lots of high schools in the United States which help LGBTQ+ kids find other people like themselves, and make them feel less alone (GSA Network).
The LGBTQ+ community needs to feel more accepted. Thousands of LGBTQ+ commit suicide every year because of not being accepted by people and society. This needs to change. Providing safe zones in schools is a step we can take to improve quality of life for LGBTQ+ youth. They can feel more accepted and not alone.
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