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  •  But they're not the only ones (2+ / 0-)
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    dov12348, Uberbah

    You're right, many GLBT youth are indeed stuck with nowhere to go, and that's horrible. But they're not the only ones who can be alienated at that age, and they're not the only ones who can feel completely hopeless and alone. I don't deny that homophobia presents a unique - and terrible - set of circumstances; but gay kids are not the only ones who can feel terribly alone.

    •  I think what you and the others are missing (10+ / 0-)

      is that GLBT youth can experience all of the same sorts of things as straight youth - we come from abusive families, we're ugly, we're fat, we're geeky, we're unathletic, we're "too smart," we're isolated, we're shy, we're racial minorities, we're physically disabled, we have learning disabilities, we're anything any other kid can be. And then we're GLBT on top of that.

      That extra layer makes everything else worse. It makes us more likely to be rejected, more likely to have nobody to turn to, more likely to be afraid of our parents or of school authorities. And more likely to be bullied.

      It's different. You can see the difference in the suicide statistics. It's different and it needs to be addressed.

      •  This one I cannot get out of my mind... (2+ / 0-)
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        kyril, Shaviv

        "Don't do vibrato. It'll come naturally when you're old and shakey." - Miles Davis (from his music teacher)

        by dov12348 on Sun Oct 03, 2010 at 04:16:06 PM PDT

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        •  That's... food for thought. (2+ / 0-)
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          dov12348, kyril

          I'd really like to see if some work has been done, or could been done, investigating the family backgrounds of children accused of harassment, assault, etc. of fellow children - do they differ, somehow, from the rest of us? My suspicion is that they do, but only in relatively small and subtle ways. My guess is, it's less likely to be the obvious things like household income and more things like how the child's parents and role models impart moral or ethical values.

          "Getting over" death in the family is like learning to use a prosthetic limb: you can still get around, but it just doesn't work the same.

          by Shaviv on Sun Oct 03, 2010 at 07:02:58 PM PDT

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