Name: Rushmali Hadley
Subject: LEH 351
Date: 24th May 2018
Professor: David Fletcher
Assistant Teacher: Tashika McBride
How can we stop the Educational Discrimination of LGBTQ Black Adolescent males?
Many people are guilty of discrimination against LGBTQ adolescent males, whether consciously or unconsciously. LGBTQ adolescents are faced with daily discrimination from society and peers and even family members and school officials. This paper will narrow in on discrimination to mainly focus on Educational Discrimination of LGBTQ black Adolescent males and how we can stop or prevent it. Throughout this paper I hope to capture the attention of parents, school officials and peers,what does discrimination
really mean to an adolescent black teen from the LGBTQ community? In a recent sit-down conversation, I was able to come up with some definitions to which I think will perfectly defines discrimination. One of these definitions may be defined as the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things especially on the grounds of race, age, sex. Another definition is treatment or consideration of making distinction in favor of for against. Students who are from the LGBTQ community are exposed to intimidation and violence. They have been deprived of equal education opportunities in schools. In my open discrimination have been the major causes of absenteeism, school dropout, adverse health consequences and low academic achievement among the LGBTQ youths. Discrimination when left undealt with can have a negative impact on a student’s life. Federal protection address discrimination on the basis federal civil rights laws do not expressly protect students from discrimination the basic of sexual orientation or gender identity the student non-discretions act would explicitly prohibit public K-12 schools from discrimination against any students based on or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, SNDA of the actual perceives sexual orientation or gender identity of a person with whom they have associated. The bill would them allowed aggrieved individual to assert a violation of these prohibit in some judicial proceeds in addition the student nondiscrimination act (SNDA) would allow federal authorities to address discrimination made unlawful by bill for too many transgender mages an unlawful by bill for too many transgender students allowed them to use the rest room at school. In an article from the William Institute dated 2000 it states that in New York 3.2 million youths ages 8-18 are from the LGBTQ family. Among older you or 1.6 million youths in grades 9-12 approximately 8% or 1.6 million youths in grades 9-12 are identify as either gay bisexual or lesbian and nearly 2% or 150,000 youths ages 13-17 identify as transgender. Documents have shown that 85% of LGBTQ black adolescent have experience verbal harassment while 58% of them felt unsafe at schools due to their sexual orientation and skin color the other 43% felt unsafe because of their gender identity.
As the American public becomes more aware about about the problems members of the LGBTQ community face, this can aid in the acceptance of LGBTQ in the educational system. LGBTQ educational can be fulfilled in a variety of ways, one way is getting to know the person, it can also involve the media that features LGBTQ people seeing Caitlyn Jenner on tv can help make that change.
Ending educational discrimination can be very challenging but if every member in society comes forward a lot can get done. First thing is to end this by teaching students more about LGBTQ issues and the individuals within the classroom could help them better understand the life of the LGBTQ community. With in that teaching students learns about LGBTQ issues and individuals with in the classroom, this could help them better understand LGBTQ people. The acceptance of LGBTQ issues in school’s curriculum could reduce stereotypes and bias against the LGBTQ population. Interacting with people from different background and varying preferences are attributes people are looking for to see if you can interact well with people of a different background. This has shown to improve one’s educational experience as it creates deeper learning and critical thinking. Bringing LGBTQ content to the curriculum could also offer LGBTQ students who feels the effects of bullying in school a safer pace improved educational experience. Educating a child about LGBTQ issues could foster an environment where anyone can feel safe and improve their academic standard.
Implementing LGBTQ curriculum could combat the widespread homophobia throughout New York. Ensuring that information on the LGBT community is provided to the pubic during the developing years can address this issue. Talking about LGBTQ group contribution to society as well issues they faced could open peoples mind to LGBTQ issues.
While LGBTQ content in the educational pipelines is beneficial for students the way in which the info was presented is just as important if nit more. Going forward teaches can adapt an anti-boss lean this mean educating the students about the history of heterosexual and encouraging these students to speak out in support of the LGBTQ community. Some states have already begun to include LGBTQ. History in their curricula. IN 2011 for example California passed the fair education act. Each requires schools to teach some portion of LGBTQ history. And the results show that both LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ feel safer in classrooms and schools. Creating opportunities and support ins school can help stop the educational discrimination. Creating program or workshops with local or state own government non-profit to support members of LGBTQ maybe in helping them to pay tuition or lust getting some school supplies. Creating a fair school environment can also help put an end to the discrimination make sure the schools had written policy against discrimination of LGBTQ community. Also make sure there is a strong ant harassment and bullying policy that include knew about identity or expression that students know about and staff enforce. Speaking up in the face of anti-transgender jokes are demeaning joes about feminine when there are no longer transgender or gender. Working together to pass laws in the city and states can be very beneficially the outlaw discursion in tr employment housing public accommodation and education base gender identity.
It appears that the lack of support, protection, and guidance from family also has a major effect on LGBTQ youths. Perhaps, if their families were more supportive, I believe that parents should embrace their children no matter what their sexual preference is., I think that family should be the primary source for seeking support and guidance. When parents reject their gay or lesbian adolescent, I feel that it can possibly set him or her up for failure. This era is the time when adolescents would need their parents’ love and support the most. I also sense that when LGBTQ youths don’t get the love and support that they are looking for from parents, it contributes to their state of depression and suicidal phase. Therefore, parents of LGBTQ youths should take time to reflect on the circumstances before they make the wrong decisions.
One way of showing support would be for the youths’ parents or family to intervene with the school or at least try. Overall the two primary sources I see that have the power and ability to end this discrimination against LGBQT youths are schools and parents. In my opinion, they are the ones who have the greatest influence on LGBTQ youths and they are also the ones who spend most time with them so therefore they can have an idea as how they react to certain thing or what they might be thinking. Parents and teachers also can end or help stop the, educational failure, and suicides of our adolescent black males. Parents and schools need to come together to try and to put a full stop to this discrimination. This is 2018 LGBTQ is no longer a topic that is hidden in the closet. If they do decide to work together they can ease the pain some of these students are facing and help bring equality to all students gathered under the same roof. One method that can be exercised in schools is a homosexual sensitivity training for anti-gay students and school officials and parents of that student. The training would benefit both students and school officials and parents. I think that it would help the school officials manage whatever prejudices they may have against LGBTQ youths and help the student deal with whatever they might have against the teachers. Since anti-gay bullying students are perhaps ignorant to the subject, schools should modify a system where all students can be educated on the subject. It would probably help the students get a better understanding if homosexuality was compared to other subject matters such as culture and religion. Students should be provided with a full view of the subject just like any other. If this method helps only two out of ten anti-gay students cease discrimination against LGBTQ students, I am sure that it will make a difference. An additional scheme that should be established is monthly meetings between school officials and parents to review the progress of measures that are already in place and make additional changes if necessary.
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