Time Magazine today reports that LGBTQ teens from families who supported their sexual orientation were less likely to abuse drugs, experience depression or attempt suicide than those in less accepting families. This according to a newly released study from San Francisco State Universities Family Acceptance Project.
Also leading up today’s news all of the major print/internet media corps are reporting on a new study out of Yale University revealing that gay and lesbian teens in the United States are about 40 percent more likely than their straight peers to be punished by schools, police and the courts, according to a study published Monday, which finds that *girls are especially at risk for unequal treatment.
Can’t help but notice that both of these studies are being covered on the same day that a conglomerate of anti-gay hate groups (Protect Marriage) has been allowed to present a petition to oppose the legal decision in the Prop 8 legal battle in California. Ironically most of these shadow groups have the word “family” somewhere in their names. Protect Marriage is being considered a potential litigant to protest the overturning of Prop 8 despite the fact that this group holds no legal standing to represent the state of California in defense of a failed ballot initiative that was deemed unconstitutional.
And we are seeing a study on the systemic targeted punishments directed at LGBTQ youth on the same morning that the U.S. Senate leadership has attempted to silently drop the repeal process for Don’t Ask Don’t Tell from the final legislative calendar. This just six days after that big fat Pentagon study confirmed once again the blatant bigotry of this punitive policy and the national security dangers of this policy. And the public has focused on the studies revealing the utter indifference of the average soldier to serving with LGBTQ soldiers. (*And just as a side note DADT has been unequally enforced against queer women which is remarkably similar to the Yale finding that queer girls face more penalties than queer boys.)
If and when It Gets Better for LGBTQ youth and their families – it will most certainly be despite the spineless efforts of educators, politicians and religious ‘leaders’ in this nation. We can blanket these amoral leaders in studies and put a bow of statistical significance on top each time and still they will call in the court of public opinion and allow hate group carpetbaggers to represent the “other side” in the are gay people human beings debate.
If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything…that smacks of discrimination or slander.
– Mary McLeod Bethune