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On March 7 in honor of Zander Nicholas Mahaffey everyone write on cardboard, a shirt, it doesn’t matter what but please just write “His name was Zander” on anything and go somewhere very busy just holding the sign up. No matter where you live please do this, it needs to make television somehow because TOO MANY TRANS KID ARE COMMITING SUICIDE BECAUSE OF BIGOTED PEOPLE.
THE WORLD MUST KNOW ZANDER!
WHEN LEELAH COMMITTED SUICIDE IT WENT VIRAL THE SAME DAY! PEOPLE ONLY JUST HEARD ABOUT ZANDER ALMOST A WEEK AFTER HE COMMITED SUICIDE!
PLEASE DO THIS ON MARCH 7 BECAUSE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN ZANDER’S BIRTHDAY!
I’m sorry for all the capitals but TRANS LIVES MATTER!
What is your advice to an LGBT child/teenager who is living in a hostile environment? Is it justifiable to lie about your identity? I find myself lying about who I love, just to protect myself.
Hi all! It’s Elliot Kennedy here too, SAMHSA’s Special Expert on LGBT Affairs: The most important and primary concern is being safe and secure. Feeling supported and loved is also a part of safety. There’s many resources that exist to help bridge the gap between LGBTQ youth and families/communities who may be struggling to accept them. SAMHSA, in partnership with the Family Acceptance Project, developed a resource guide focused on helping families to support their LGBTQ children: >http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/PEP14-LGBTKIDS/PEP14-LGBTKIDS.pdf<. Coming out can be challenging and it’s important to remember that you don’t have to take the journey alone. Organizations like the Human Rights Campaign have developed materials and other supportive resources that may be helpful: http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/resource-guide-to-coming-out. These are just two examples of the many valuable resources available to help support you in your journey.
Hi this is Valerie. I wanted to respond too. We have made immense progress in recent years achieving rights and protections for LGBTQ Americans, too many young people still face discrimination, bullying and intolerance. I know that many young people, all around the country, feel that they must lie about who they are and who they love in order to feel safe. That’s not fair, and it’s not healthy.
My advice to you, and to other young people caught in this painful situation, is to reach out to safe and supportive organizations in your community or online. Find caring adults with whom you can be honest. Look for support groups in your school or neighborhood. It’s important to be true to yourself when and where you safely can. Remember that as you get older, it will get better. There are so many people across the country who do support you and care for you, even if we haven’t met you yet. And we’re fighting every day to make this country a place where you feel truly supported, loved and safe. One suggestion if you aren’t sure where to turn is http://www.thetrevorproject.org/.
Always be honest with yourself, and never be ashamed of who you are.
You are not alone. We care about you just the way you are.