Facts about LGBT Teens, Bullying and Suicide
Words have power. They can inspire people and they can tear them down just as easily.
To have a sitting HISD Trustee communicating a message that being LGBT somehow makes people inferior to their heterosexual counterpart isunacceptable. HISD District III has LGBT students and faculty who are being lead by a man who has publicly declared he believes they are less valuable than him. This is a dangerous game to be playing with the lives of our children and Manuel Rodriguez should have the strength of character to set a better example and resign.
LGB youth are four times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers. (2011 CDC, “Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk BehaviorsAmong Students in Grades 9-12”).
LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are up to 8 times as likely to have attempted suicide than LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection (2009 Family Acceptance Project™).
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24 and accounts for 12.0% of the deaths every year in that age group (2009 CDC, “Suicide: Facts at a Glance”).
Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt (2007 Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior,“Transgender youth and life threatening behaviors”).