🏳️‍🌈Lets discuss one of todays most sensitive topics. The LGBTQ+ community in the United States of America.

🌈More specifically, what it means to be a LGBTQ+ young adult in the US and the threats faced.

🚨Trigger Warning!

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🔺Recent years in America we have seen a drastic uptick in policies, laws, and propaganda targeting our fellow LGBTQ+ citizens.

• Florida “Don’t Say Gay Bill”
• Attacks on LGBTQ+ teachers
• Attacks on drag shows
• Books and Movie Banning
• Etc.
🔺In the United States 7.1% of adults identify as LGBTQ+. However, when looking at younger generations you see that percentage increase.

🔺Generation Z (10-25 years old) the percentage jumps up to 21% who identify LGBTQ+.

♦️Statistics You May Not Know♦️

• Nearly half of LGBTQ+ youth seriously consider suicide in the last year (2021)
• 1 in 5 non-binary and transgender youth attempt suicide
• 78% of LGBTQ+ youth experience anxiety
• 58% of LGBTQ+ youth experience depression

🛑How does that compare to cisgender youth you may ask.

• About 20% of cisgender teenagers and young adults experience depression or anxiety symptoms

That is a 38% increase in depression and a 58% increase in anxiety when comparing LGBTQ+ youth to cisgender youth.

🛑What could possibly be the reason for the increase in suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, and suicide attempts?

🔺60% of LGBTQ+ youth reported not having an affirming household
🔺42% of LGBTQ+ youth reported living in a community that is not accepting

🔺60% of LGBTQ+ youth sought out mental health services and couldn’t obtain it

♦️The LGBTQ+ youth and young adults have been the target of despicable, dangerous behavior by US Conservatives

The fear mongering has worked and created a hostile America for LGBTQ+ Americans

especially in k-12 schools.

🔺We have seen people such as @tedcruz @libsoftiktok and @laurenboebert attack LGBTQ+ teachers, librarians, and teachers for providing a safe place for all students.

🔺 Why are schools so important when it comes to LGBTQA+ youth?

🔺When homes aren’t accepting many look at school as a safe place to be themselves.

♦️The average age of first realization an individual is LGBTQ+ is 14, 16, and 18 years old. This is also the mean age for first suicidal ideation or planning

🔺Allowing LGBTQ+ teachers

and staff members to openly be themselves allows the students to feel accepted and see someone like themselves being a part of society.

🔺Having representation allows students to feel like they aren’t wrong for being who they are. Decreasing suicidal ideation.

🔺Not only have we seen the Right come after LGBTQ+ educators and community members. We have also seen them attack other
representations such as in books and movies

♦️In the state of Virginia, Va State Delegate Tim Anderson filed a lawsuit in Virginia Beach to have LGBTQ+

Books pulled from school libraries and ban PRIVATE BOOKSELLERS from selling these books to people under 18.

🔺The two books under scrutiny are “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe & “A Court of Mist & Fury” by Sarah J Maas

♦️Not only have these books been exceptional for

LGBTQ+ youth and understanding there sexuality but have also won numerous awards for story telling and writing

🛑If that doesn’t bother you, even though it really should, look at it this way.

🔺Virginia republicans are telling a private company, Barnes & Noble, that it
Cannot sell a certain book. See the problem? Isn’t this America Home of the Free?

🔺Majority of LGBTQ+ youth and young adults don’t feel accepted in their communities or own homes, the right is making it impossible to be safe in schools, no representation in Hollywood or

On bookshelves, majority of LGBTQ+ youth couldn’t receive mental health services.

♦️If you open your eyes you can easily see why the suicide rates are so high among LGBTQ+ youth and young adults.

❤️We will fight for a world in where everyone is accepted.



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