Positive support is necessary to build self-esteem in all children
Without proper support from school, LGBTQ students face increased rates of school bullying, physical confrontations, and workplace harassment. The steady drumbeat of mistreatment erodes a child's self-confidence and self esteem. Rates of attempted suicide for transgender youth (18-24 y/o) are 45% vs only 1.6% for the general population of the same age group.
All of these frightening statistics can be eliminated.
Study after study has shown that when a child is supported in their gender identity and is allowed to be themselves in school, rates of depression fall to that of the average population.
Only through the nurturing of a compassionate community, a community that values the rights of all individuals, a community that seeks to support the development of a strong sense of self worth for each person, can we hope to mitigate the challenges LGBTQ people face and promote equality for everyone.
Percentage of transgender people harassed in K-12 schools
Percentage of transgender youth who report physical attacks based on their gender identity and expression
Percentage of transgender population who report mistreatment or discrimination on the job or took actions to avoid who they are to avoid it.
Percentage of transgender youth (18-24 y/o) who attempted suicide at least once.