The Onion : Bullying and Homophobia are NOT a Laughing Matter
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The Onion has crossed the line in their article "Best Part Of Gay 12-Year-Old’s Day Half Hour Spent Eating Lunch Alone On Staircase". and it needs to be removed. Bullying is a serious problem especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. Suicide due to LGBT bullying is becoming an epidemic.
According to GLSEN's 2009 National School Climate Survey:
- 84.6% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 40.1% reported being physically harassed and 18.8% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
- 72.4% heard homophobic remarks, such as "faggot" or "dyke," frequently or often at school.
- Nearly two-thirds (61.1%) of students reported that they felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation, and more than a third (39.9%) felt unsafe because of their gender expression.
Even though this article was meant for humor, think about how a bullied LGBT youth feels after reading this. The article just makes things worse and helps out the bullies.
Article can be found here : http://www.theonion.com/articles/best-part-of-gay-12yearolds-day-half-hour-spent-ea,27547/
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