Blog Hop Against Homophobia

Unfortunately, homophobia is still prevalent in many areas of the world. And it is still an issue here in the U.S. The definition of phobia is ‘fear of’. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary the word first appeared in 1786. The definition is: “fear, horror, aversion,” Modern Latin, abstracted from compounds in -phobia, from Gk. -phobia (in widespread popular use with native words from c.1800), from phobos “fear,” originally “flight” (still the only sense in Homer), but it became the common word for “fear” via the notion of “panic, fright” (cf. phobein “put to flight, frighten”), from PIE root *bhegw- “to run” (cf. Lith. begu “to flee,” O.C.S. begu “flight,” bezati “to flee, run,” O.N. bekkr “a stream”). Psychological sense attested by 1895.

In the U.S., homophobia gained momentum in the late 1940’s and 1950’s when gay people were forced out of government. The Lavender Scare, was often seen in the same light as the communist Red Scare. “…Both groups were perceived as hidden subcultures with their own meeting places, literature, cultural codes, and bonds of loyalty. Both groups were thought to recruit to their ranks the psychologically weak or disturbed. And both groups were considered immoral and godless. Many people believed that the two groups were working together to undermine the government.”

This kind of thinking leads to homophobia, which can lead to violence. Violence leads to gay bashing and bullying.

U.S. students hear the slurs ‘sissy’, ‘homo’, ‘faggot’ on the average of 26 times a day, or once every 14 minutes.  I was shocked to read that GLB youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers (0ver a third). Almost 50% of transgender youth have seriously considered taking their own lives.

Here are some cold, hard facts about gay bashing and bullying listed on the Trevor Project website:

– Nine out of 10 LGBT students (86.2%) experienced harassment at school; three-fifths (60.8%) felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation; and about one-third (32.7%) skipped a day of school in the past month because of feeling unsafe (GLSEN National School Climate Survey 2009).

– LGBT students are three times as likely as non-LGBT students to say that they do not feel safe at school (22% vs. 7%) and 90% of LGBT students (vs. 62% of non-LGBT teens) have been harassed or assaulted during the past year. (GLSEN From Teasing to Torment 2006)

– Sexual minority youth, or teens that identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, are bullied two to three times more than heterosexuals. (Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH 2010)

– Almost all transgender students had been verbally harassed (e.g., called names or threatened in the past year at school because of their sexual orientation (89%) and gender expression (89%) (GLSEN: Harsh Realities, The Experiences of Transgender Youth In Our Nation’s Schools 2009).

– LGBT youth in rural communities and those with lower adult educational attainment face particularly hostile school climates (JG, Greytak EA, Diaz EM – Journal of Youth & Adolescence 2009)

– Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents are 190 percent more likely to use drugs and alcohol than are heterosexual teens (Marshal MP, Friedman MS, et al – Addiction 2008).

– It is estimated that between 20 and 40 percent of all homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (2006 National Gay & Lesbian Task Force: An Epidemic of Homelessness). 62% of homeless LGB youth will attempt suicide at least once—more than two times as many as their heterosexual peers (Van Leeuwen JMm et al – Child Welfare 2005)

Here are a few projects and organizations worth looking into:

It Gets Better – formed in response to the suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or because their peers suspected that they were gay. Its goal is to prevent suicide among LGBT youth by having gay adults convey the message through YouTube vidoes that these teens’ lives will improve.

The Trevor Project – The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

Gay-Straight Alliance Network – Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.

Thank you for visiting my blog and supporting this hop. I’m giving away one digital copy of Out Of Bounds – a m/m romance and coming out story that also deals with homophobia. Just leave a comment and tell me your thoughts on this issue. If you want two chances too win, then you can be entered twice by also subscribing to my blog or FB. If the winner already read the book, then the winner can choose from my backlist. It will be a random drawing. The give-away ends May 20th. I’ll announce the winner on my blog in a seperate post and also send the winner an email.

Link back to the blog hop main page – http://www.hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com

 

Viki Lyn
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32 Responses to Blog Hop Against Homophobia

  • Erica Pike says:

    I thought I’d already replied. I just wanted to thank you for being a part of this and thanks for those staggering statistics and resource links.

  • Peggy says:

    Thank you for the post on a great cause. The hop was great.

    peggy1984@live.com

  • I hope in the future sometime soon this issue will be solved and people can love who they want to love without being looked at badly or treated badly.
    Thanks for joining the hop!

  • Those statistics are heart breaking. You did a very enlightening blog.

    I love your writing! I know together all of us can stop hate and grow love!

  • Leaundra Ross says:

    Yeah it is hard reading those stats but people need to read them. People need to stop the hate, they really do.
    melita332002@yahoo.com

  • Wow. These statistics are appalling. Bullying is far more pervasive than anyone realizes. It’s tough enough to get through school if you aren’t one of the popular kids–if you aren’t pretty, or wear the right clothes, or come from the ‘right’ family. Add to that the sanctioned bullying many of these kids face because of their sexual identity, and you have a volatile mix for self-loathing and despair. Thank you for sharing, as well as giving links for help.

  • Juliana says:

    Tahnks so much for the statistics. Cold hard facts make it more real.
    OceanAkers@aol.com

  • L.M. Brown says:

    *waves*

    I finally made it to your blog!

    Those are some very cold and frightening statistics. I really hope that the annual statistics are an improvement on those.

  • Hello Viki,

    Thank you for this Very Eye-Opening Post. These Statistics are horribly frightening, but sadly true. We could Hope with these Great Organizations, education & awareness that a diffference can be made.

    I believe everyone deserves to be Openly Happy in Life, to be with the Person who Loves & Completes Them, without having to be subjected to the ignorance of some close-minded people. True Love does not see Race, Gender, Socio-Economic Status, etc….if people understood that, there would be so much more Happiness in this World.

    In my opinion, Authors have been such a Great Asset in reaching out & helping people experience & accept gay lovers with your Wonderfully Romantic, Erotic & Emotional Writing; making it more likely for them to be comfortable with homosexuality in real life….We Could Hope, Right???

    I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway for a chance to win a digital copy of “Out Of Bounds” – a m/m romance and coming out story that also deals with homophobia.

    Oh before I forget, I have been a subscribing of Viki Lyn’s Romance with a Twist via email: paranormalromancefan@yahoo.com

    Take Care Viki & Have a Great Weekend,
    PaParanormalFan Renee
    paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

  • DarienMoya says:

    hose stats are just too much, and things really need to change. Thanks for being apart of the hop.

  • JoAnna B says:

    Thanks for participating in this great blog hop. People love who they love and no one should judge you for it.
    I follow via email and FB.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  • StacieD says:

    I think the “It Gets Better” videos are doing a great job of showing teens that there is hope. I can’t imagine what it is like to be bullied for your sexuality. Especially now that cyberspace makes it impossible to escape your bullies. We need more laws that label this type of bullying as hate crimes.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  • foretta says:

    I showed a bunch of these post to the teens in my family to show them how hurt some “innocent” remarks are to many others. I get so annoyed when my nephew says “you’re so gay”. ERRRR drove me crazy. I know he didn’t mean anything by it but it is so wrong to use that as a saying. I think that these post have helped. Thank you all for sharing with us!
    forettarose@yahoo.com

  • Yvette says:

    Wonderful post and so sad the hard facts…I teach social psychology and we talk about homosexuality and acceptance….one of my students is doing his final presentation on homosexuality in conjunction with the suicide rate of teens. So sad that this even has to be a topic.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

  • Emily W. says:

    Great post. Thanks for sharing the statistics. Most people don’t realize how prevalent the problem is and how harmful it can be. Thanks for participating and spreading the news!!

    tiger-chick-1 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • Starting the 20th thru the 26th is Suicide Prevention Week concentrating on GLBT youth. This was a wonderful posts and organizations. Hate crimes and bullying cannot be tolerated, and education and awareness does help.

    Great post.

    melaniem54(at)msn(dot)com

  • Lisa says:

    Thanks for sharing that info with us as hard as it is to comprehend. Great organizations, too.

    Thanks for taking part in the hop!

    lkbherring64(at)gmail(dot)com

  • WOW! So much info . . . thank you for all this research and truth in a world of fiction and non-belief. —wtprater

  • gigi says:

    Thanks for sharing. Scary stats.

    gisu29(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Penumbra says:

    Those are pretty sad statistics, especially since so much of the trouble is coming from the kids own peers. That says that the adults aren’t doing enough to inform or change children’s views. We’ve got a way to go, sadly.

    I also follow your blog by email 🙂

  • NJ Nielsen says:

    Thank you for a very informative post it is really scary when you see things laid out before you. Thank you for taking part of our blog. One day I hope we will be celebrating the end of Homophobia.

  • dawn says:

    I loved this post – especially going into the stats on US students… my husband — a High School English teacher (who recently came out of the bisexual closet to a few choice friends and his adult children) — sees this problem everyday in the school that he teaches… to make matters worse, the administration is totally against GLBTQ and he would get fired from his job (on a morals issue) if it came out about him. Also, he isn’t allowed to let his students talk about gay rights – and on a recent assignment in which his senior writing class was to pick something out of the news to write on – 2 wrote on pro homosexuality and three wrote on marriage equality — and HE got called out on the carpet for it. He comes home from work somedays feeling really crappy – because he can’t stand up for what he believes in – and he can’t reach out to those students who are gay and support them, lest it cost him his job. Things have to change in the school system in more ways than one… great post… thanks for sharing it… romancewiththeflemingtons.blogspot.com

  • Andrea says:

    The statistics are enlightening and horrifying at the same time. We need to work on changing those for the better.

  • Cornelia says:

    Thank you for information,it hurts that kids or anyone else being treated so cruelly.Everyone has the right to be who they are and to be safe,

  • jessica canoto says:

    viki incredible post and the stats are heartbreaking i pray that one day everyone will have the same right because we are all god’s children no matter who we love jessica canoto jcanoto@yahoo.com

  • KimberlyFDR says:

    I believe love can triumph over hate and that it always will!

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

  • kerry says:

    Thank you for sharing this.

  • Sarah says:

    Thank you for posting this. I really wish homophobia & transphobia were no longer an issue; that peopple would move on from hating. Things are better than they were but it’s a slow process.
    I’m bi but have been very lucky and not had many problems but I know many others are not so fortunate.

  • Cherie Noel says:

    Viki,
    kick ass post, there, my compadre. The stats were horrifying… and we need to see them. We need to be aware, and teach our children the things needed to change them. We need to learn those things ourselves. Things like tolerance, and courage. It’s harder still to live those things out… but I can say from experience, that simply having the courage to stand up and say, ‘I want to be part of the solution to ending homophobia and transphobia’ makes a huge difference. I also want to encourage everyone in our community to reach out to at least one person who isn’t part of the M/M romance genre… and gently educate them. Then encourage that person to spread the message.

    Yeah, and again, thanks!

  • Viki thank you for this post. The stats are hard to read but so true and they needed to be shared. I look forward to the day when homophobia is a thing of the past and we don’t hear about the startling number of teens who have committed suicide due to this disgusting prejudice.

  • Anne Brooke says:

    I agree with Suze – those stats are horrific – such a long way to go … But we must keep chipping away.

    Anne
    xxx

    albrookeATmeDOTcom

  • Suze says:

    Hard reading all the stats Viki .
    Here’s hoping the work of these organisations save more young people

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