THE IMPACT OF HOMOPHOBIA ON LESBIAN AND GAY YOUTH 0
97% of students in public high schools report regularly hearing homophobic remarks from their peers.
Two-thirds of guidance counselors harbor negative feelings toward lesbians and gay males.
42% of homeless youth self-identify as lesbian or gay.
19% of lesbian and gay youth report suffering physical attacks based on their sexual orientation.
42% of adolescent lesbians and 34% of adolescent gay males who have suffered physical attack also attempt suicide.
Gay and lesbian youth represent 30% of all completed teen suicide.
Information pulled from www.glsen.org.
aCIVIL MARRIAGE FOR THE (LGBT) COMMUNITY1Marriage is a civil right that affects over 1,049 Federal laws and 1,300 Pennsylvania laws.
Among the practical consequences unique to marriage are the rights to:
Information pulled from ACLUs website:
www.aclu.org/library/aagaymarriage.html and the
Western Pennsylvania Freedom to Marry Coalition. 11/17/00
bHATE CRIMES AGAINST THE (LGBT) COMMUNITY2
Information pulled from the League of Gay and Lesbian Voters
cNEEDS OF TRANSGENDERED INDIVIDUALS3
"Transgendered Individuals" refers to transsexuals (or gender dysphoric) from female-to-male and male-to-female; cross-dressers (usually heterosexual males dressing as females); drag queens (usually homosexual males dressing as females); and transgendered (usually females living their lives as men or males living as women without surgical change). This FAQ sheet pertains to those individuals who are transitioning to or have assumed a permanent new gender status in society.
Nondiscrimination in employment
Access to (and avoidance of exclusions of) medical and psychological care in public-related healthcare plans
Protection from hate crime and harassment by police, the legal system, and courts
Fair treatment with regard to child custody and divorce