“Harvey Milk always said that this was how the revolution would happen: one lonely kid at a time.”
from Love on the March, New Yorker, 11/12/12 by Alex Ross
This show is about the courage of teenagers who come out at a time in life when it is hardest to be different. So many of the legal and social changes in this country that support LGBTQ civil rights are happening because one by one, year after year, thousands of young people dare to come out to their family and friends. Little by little, they open minds and hearts.
Follow the links below to more audio, information and resources to help LGBTQ teens, families, schools and communities.
Safe Space Radio Presents
Out-Takes: The Unheard Stories of LGBTQ Teens
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults who reported higher levels of family rejection during adolescence were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide, and 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression. Pediatrics, January 2009, VOLUME 123 / ISSUE 1 [MORE]
The vast majority of LGBTQ kids are victimized at their school. Bullying ranges from negative comments from both peers and teachers, to actual physical assault. Find out more about what you can do in your school to protect LGBTQ teens and make the school safer for everyone. [MORE]
The great news is that we know what makes a difference in saving LGBT kid’s lives. The next step is to learn about these strategies, find allies and work together to make these changes. [MORE]
Additional Important Topics:
An interview with Inaugural poet, Richard Blanco:
Part II of the interview with Richard Blanco:
- “How Homophobia Hurts Everyone: A Theoretical Foundation”
- We Are the Youth: Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth in the United States
- Climate Survey: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools
- Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools
- “Stop Bullying Now”
- Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social and Religious Pain and
Trauma of Growing Up Gay In America
- Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
- Trans Youth Equality Foundation
- The Trevor Project
- Equality Federation
Discussion questions for Teens:
- What was it like for you to hear these stories? What did you resonate with? What could you not relate to?
- Were there important parts of your experience that got left out? What are they?
- Who are the most trustworthy, and accepting people in your life? Make a list. Can you go to them when things are difficult? Do you? If not, why not, and is this something you can talk to them about?