Understanding Why Many LGBT Teens Are Homeless

Individuals all around the world face inequality and violence because of who they are, where they come from, how they look or who they love. This is not an accepted virtue that should be encouraged in the 21st century since people should live in harmony with each other regardless of their background. It is a backward mentality that should not be encouraged at all.

This also applies when it comes to the gender identity and sexual orientation of a person. The self-identification process takes place at an early age and coming out is not an easy task. Some may opt to stay in the closet for fear of the stigma experienced in the society but that is not advisable as it can take a toll in the development process and cause low self-esteem.

Teens are greatly affected especially at school and home where they are abused because of their identity. Being a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is not something that should be used to judge anybody. Even with various initiatives being done globally and with the legalization of gay marriage, homophobia still remains ingrained in how such individuals are treated.

Youths are likely to be homeless as a result of being evicted from home because the family is unwilling to accept them for who they are. In some cases, one is disowned and shunned by their own parents as well as relatives. Being of a particular sexual orientation does not in any way limit how one carries out tasks and should therefore not be treated as such.

Most teens run away from home as a result of being physically or verbally abused. It takes a toll in the emotional as well as mental state of a person making one feel inferior or making them feel that they are an abnormality. The physical abuse can result in sexual abuse especially for queer girls who may be subjected to corrective rape. It is a huge violation of human rights and the perpetrators of such acts should be brought to justice.

The environment at school is also a factor that can lead to homelessness. Teachers may not be around all the time to protect LGBT teens leaving them to fend for themselves when they experience conflict from bullies. The adolescents period is quite vital towards development and victimization does not help in enabling support and acceptance.

It is a brave new world out there which has no room for prejudice and stereotype way of thinking. We are all equal and everyone should be treated with the respect they deserve. Also, visit their website! They preach how opportunities should be made available to everybody and those individuals who think they can get away with abuse have another thing coming.

4 People You May Not Know Were Transgender

Do you like keeping up with the latest entertainment news? If so, you probably hear about famous people speaking out about gender identity. These days, the term “transgender” is commonly heard in various entertainment channels, thanks to actors, athletes, and singers who have decided to reveal how they want the world to see them. A notable example is Caitlyn Jenner, who has since become an influential spokesperson for the LGBT community. Here are some people you might know were transgender.

Jake Zyrus

The name Jake Zyrus may not ring any bells, but a quick Google search should help you figure out who this famous singer is. Formerly known as Charice Pempengco, the singer from the Philippines first made waves in the local entertainment industry. Charice also appeared on the hit show, Glee, helping her rise to global fame. In June 2017, he changed his name to Jake Zyrus and announced plans of continuing his career as a singer.

Jamie Clayton

If you’re watching Sense8, then you might find it surprising that Jamie Clayton was transgender. Known as Nami by fans of the show, she first enjoyed fame on TRANSform Me, a makeover series. She has spoken a lot about the difficulties she had to deal with to make it this far into her career. She now takes part in several projects.

Caroline Cossey

Have you watched all James Bond films? If yes, then you may know Carline Cossey. She managed to build an incredible career in Hollywood and modeling, without revealing to the public her true identity. Caroline began hormone replacement therapy at only 17 years old. In 1974, she went through gender confirmation surgery. Despite the attempts by tabloids to reveal her past, Cossey continued to get big roles including For Your Eyes Only in 1981.

Jazz Jennings

Jazz always knew she was different since she was a child. At the young age of six, Jennings became known to the public after her appearances on 20/20 and The Rosie Show. She then started a YouTube series of her own, garnering a lot of followers. In 2013, Jennings wrote “I Am Jazz,” where she chronicled her struggles as a transgender. She now plans to undergo gender confirmation surgery.

There’s no question that more transgender individuals are finding the courage and confidence to reveal who they are. And it’s interesting to see that they continue to enjoy success in their respective careers as society learns to accept the LGBT community.

Gay Movie Characters And Their Place In Stories

As Hollywood steadily becomes more progressive, an increasing number of gay, bisexual and transsexual characters are emerging in the world of American cinema. While other liberal republics are also producing various movies focused on gay, bisexual and transgender characters, most of the movies making an impact on the global scene are American productions focusing on the struggles of people who are not straight and cis-gendered. Sometimes these characters are more respectful to the people involved and others have reveled in the outrageous camp of varying levels of good taste, camp, poor taste and outright offensiveness.

Probably the most well-known gay character to come out of Hollywood actually originated in Britain. Albus Dumbledore of the Harry Potter franchise is well known to both children and adults and according to the franchise’s creator, Dumbledore was gay all along. However, as many literary and film critics have noted, Dumbledore’s sexuality has absolutely no impact on the plot of the Harry Potter series, despite the fact that Dumbledore is one of the most important characters in the Harry Potter narrative. Indeed, Dumbledore’s homosexuality was only announced after the last book and a number of the films had been released, making it more or less an almost invisible manifestation of homosexual representation.

Elsewhere, the film “But I’m A Cheerleader” is fairly heavy and open about its homosexual themes. The film focuses on the story of a teenage girl named Megan Bloomfield who is forced into a conversion therapy camp that claims to be capable of “curing” her homosexuality. Despite Megan’s best efforts to change her sexuality away at both the behest of her parents and her own beliefs about her identity (hence the title; she feels that because she’s a cheerleader and very feminine, she can not actually be a lesbian). However, as she falls in love with another girl at the camp, other former students of the camp infiltrate the ranks of students and begin to coax them out of their efforts to become heterosexual.

The film is notable for being rated NC-17 specifically because of the homosexual content. While a few people in less tolerant areas, like Texas, would argue that such a sexually charged film was worthy of an R rating, the decision to keep it at NC-17 (and thus out of mainstream theaters) was done specifically in regards to the homosexual content. This prompted a great deal of anger at the MPAA, though little can be done about that organization at the moment.

How To Learn More About Gender Issues

 

People who don’t fit the traditional gender norms of male and female face many issues. While transgender and LGBTQ people have become much more visible in society, they still face plenty of stigmas and it can even be dangerous being trans or genderqueer in some communities. One of the best ways to learn more about gender issues is to read about them through books.

Transgender people face discrimination and stigma in society. One of the worst problems is the lack of legal protection. Transgender people are not included in discrimination protections. Trans and genderqueer people can still be denied jobs and housing just based on how they look or what their lifestyle is. They also face discrimination when it comes to using public restrooms. Transgender children can even be discriminated against in school.

Transgender people also face unemployment. Many transgender people live in poverty because they are discriminated against and transgender people of color have it even worse. Some trans people become sex workers or part of the underground economy because they cannot get decent jobs.

When you start to read books about gender you will learn that transgender people are subject to harassment every day. They are harassed on the street and even characterized as predators. People make fun of transgender people and they are even often rejected by their families. Transgender people have to go through a lot in society and they get bullied and sometimes even murdered.

Each year, transgender people get murdered and it is hard for them to get justice because they are often harassed and ridiculed by the police. In fact, some transgender people face beatings and sexual assault by police officers and they are not treated like other people. Many transgender people are very hesitant to use the police because they don’t know how they will be treated.

Books also state that transgender people face discrimination when it comes to healthcare. Some people are refused care because the hospitals just don’t want to treat them. Another big problem in the transgender community is that it can be hard for transgender people to get the proper identity documents that match their gender. When transgender people don’t have the right documents, they can be denied access to healthcare, education, and services that they desperately need. You can learn about the different issues that transgender people face when you read books on the issue.

A Quick Primer On International Gay Marriage

What Countries Allow Gay Marriage?

Same-sex marriage was first legalized in the Netherlands in 2001. In only sixteen years following, a lot of countries have followed suit. Belgium followed suit in 2003. It was another two years before Canada and Spain legalized same-sex marriage. As society and various government start to place more value on family status and LGBT rights, we have seen a rapid ascent to progress, and opened the conversation across nations in a ripple effect.

By 2009, Norway, Sweden, and South Africa had also follow in the steps of progress. 2010 made huge strides, seeing three countries legalize the practice: Portugal, Iceland, and Argentina. 2012 brought legal same-sex marriage to Denmark, and Brazil, France and New Zealand joined only a year later. During this decade, the United States had been having heated debates about legalizing same-sex marriage. Many states had legalized the practice, only to have marriages dissolved by propositions or ignored by the federal government. Finally, in 2015 the United States joined in legalizing gay marriage. Luxembourg and Ireland also legalized the practice, despite Ireland’s heavily conservative laws. Since 2015, three more countries have also legalized same-sex marriage. Finland, Germany, and Colombia all now recognize gay and lesbian couples.

What Does The Future Hold?

In only seventeen years, twenty countries have legalized gay marriage! Malta and Taiwan may well be legalizing gay marriage in the foreseeable future as well. In fact, Taiwan is set to legally recognize same-sex couples before May of 2019. The conversations continuing to happen around the globe are creating a better environment for gay and lesbian people by increasing acceptance and visibility. Marriage is not only important for social conventions, but it bears significant religious and cultural ties. Gay and lesbian people being included in their community traditions is important towards creating egalitarian societies. Furthermore, gay and lesbian married couples can adopt, benefit from tax breaks, and otherwise enjoy the perks of everyday society like anybody else.
It looks like the conversation will not slow down anytime soon. It’s important to note how quickly steam picked up once the Netherlands legalized gay marriage. All it takes is a single action for a butterfly effect to occur. There is something truly amazing how all it takes is one person to come forward and do the right thing, for other people to work up the courage, or to even start to recognize the plight of the oppressed to begin with. Hopefully, the coming years will bring yet more positive change.

The Most Important LGBTQ Legislation

While human rights legislation with regards to LGBTQ discrimination seems to be moving in the right direction, there is one glaring violation that seems to simply have been swept under the carpet. While same sex marriages have been legalized and the criminal aspect removed from legislation, discrimination in the work place is still a huge issue that needs to be addressed.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act which calls for abolishing discrimination related to sexual orientation in the work place was first defeated by a 7-3 vote by the House Rules Committee. Even though the Act has since been passed by Senate, it still has not been implemented.

This means that employers can still terminate employment due to sexual orientation in 29 states in the United States. In another 19 states, termination of employment can be legally implemented due to sexual identity.

But it isn’t just termination that is the problem with LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace. LGBTQ employees often receive lower compensation for their work, are overlooked for promotions and have no legal standing with regards to harassment or mistreatment in the workplace. The figures for reported cases rise for African American LGBTQ groups as well as for those who are transgender.

Countless human rights and other organizations have been working for a number of years to create the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and it is disheartening that although it has been passed, so little has been done to implement the legislation.

Over and above this, there is still no federal protection for rights discrimination against LGBTQ persons in the workplace. The LGBTQ community simply has no recourse when it comes to infringement of their human rights in the same way heterosexual people do in the workplace.

However, on the plus side, 22 states have already passed laws that make any form of discrimination in the workplace due to sexual orientation illegal. This is a big step in the right direction but much work still needs to be done.

In order for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to finally be implemented, it is important for as many citizens of the United States to show their support for equal rights in the workplace. Trump’s executive order revoking elements of the previous president’s order to ban discrimination due to sexual orientation in the workplace has set matters back even further.

In fact, the order has affected legislation even in states where discrimination due to sexual orientation has been made illegal since it revokes the need for federal and other organizations to comply with the previous order.

Gender Is A Social Construct

Gender is a social construct. The world is always changing, but human beings haven’t changed nearly as much as some people think. There is ample evidence to indicate that societies have had huge changes in things such as morality and community.

Recently, there’s been a huge push against the Victorian era morality that managed to take firm root in European culture and spread across the ocean to the United States. Specifically, there’s been an increasing desire to have so-called “alternative” sexualities and identities. This has led to many people insisting that there are only two genders, male and female.

But is that really true?

The Difference Between Gender And Sex

The first thing to understand is that many people use “gender” when what they mean is “sex”. That is, “male” and “female” are genders, whereas “penis and testes” and “vagina and ovaries” are sex.

What this means in practical terms is that gender is not the same thing as sex. Gender is nothing more than a set of cultural expectations placed upon a person due to some factor. Currently, many people feel the deciding factor is whether a person has a penis or a vagina, and thus insist that only two genders exist.

However, this is quite clearly circular logic. The argument can be summarized as “because there are two genders, there are two genders”. This argument also fails to comment on intersex people (those born with both “male” and “female” genitalia) and androgynous people (those born without fully-formed primary and secondary sexual characteristics).

Given the fact that there are clearly physical sexual characteristics not covered by “male” or “female”, the idea that there are only two genders can be easily proven wrong.

How Many Genders Exist?

The question here of how many genders there really are is that it depends on how many genders a culture wants.

The Navajo culture, as an example, refers to “two-spirit” people. That is people who are not male or female, but contain the spirit of both.

Meanwhile, the Lakota tribe have the “winkte”, people who are born male but assume the traditional roles of the women of the tribe and thus are considered to be no longer men.

There are even signs of transgender people in ancient Egypt, though only by implication. While many archeologists will simply claim that the burial priests accidentally used male burial rituals for females, many others point out that death and burial were so important to ancient Egyptian culture that claiming they would have made such a mistake is ridiculous.

So at the end of the day, the answer is “how many genders does a culture want to have?” There simply isn’t a set number of genders, even though there are only certain combinations of primary and secondary sexual characteristics that appear.

What Does It Mean To Be Sapiosexual?

If you are the type of person that is more drawn to someone’s bookshelf than their body, then you might be a sapiosexual. Sapiosexuals are attracted to intelligence first and they get easily turned off by people who are not as smart or smarter than they are.

When you are a sapiosexual, you get turned on by intelligence. You enjoy witty banter with your dates and you love to have long and deep conversations. The smarter the person, the more attraction you feel. If you meet someone new who looks attractive, but you find that they can barely carry a conversation and don’t know any of the artists or writers you are talking about, your attraction tends to fade on the spot and even turn to revulsion.

A person who is physically unattractive can become more and more attractive if they have a good mind and people often become more attractive the longer that you know them for. If the person is interesting, you find that they become more and more attractive as you get to know their mind.

You are also likely to be more interested in talking than sex. If you are having an amazing conversation, you would often rather keep it going than have sex. When you are ready to have sex, the sex is often much hotter because you have an amazing mental connection with your partner. Sapiosexuals have fantastic sex when the time comes.

Sapiosexuals tend to be less materialistic and they value what people know rather than what they have. The person you are attracted to could be poor, but you don’t care because they are very smart. One of the downsides of being a sapiosexual is that it can be hard to find people who are as smart as you are and you are also likely to be more picky than the average person which can lead to problems finding the right person.

Sapiosexuals have high standards and they don’t want to settle for people who are not as intelligent. You might end up with relationships that don’t last a long as you would like because you could have the tendency to break up with people once they start to exhibit mental weakness. Once you find the right person, your relationship is likely to be more solid and last longer since the basis of the relationship is mental.

The Difference Between Transgender And Transexual

It’s important to start looking into the differences between transgender and transsexual.

This article is going to point to the difference, so it’s easier to define what each encompasses.

Transgender

Socially constructed genders such as men and women can often leave those who are “transgender” in a conflict.

The premise of being transgender is to work past those socially constructed definitions of gender identity. In this case, the person doesn’t have to pursue a sex change or any form of social transition. In general, there is no “diagnosis” to make unless it is a form of gender dysphoria.

According to studies, transgendered individuals tend to choose between surgery or simple abstinence.

It’s important to note here that this has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A transgendered individual can be straight, gay, bisexual, or any other orientation. These individuals tend to experience signs of depression and anxiety due to their gender identity.

Transsexual

Moving onto the next term, transsexual is different to transgender.

With transexual, the premise is an individual who does not identify with their gender and has an underlying desire to change their gender/sex through operations. In general, most individual who refer to themselves as transsexual will opt for surgery (if possible).

With transsexuals, the emphasis is on a physical problem more than a mental one according to those who are in this situation. It can be difficult for these situations because societal pressure can get in the way of what’s going on in their lives. These individuals can face depression and/or anxiety depending on their setting.

Some experts like to categorize this as being gender dysphoria, but that is disputed by transsexuals.

Transsexual people can be of any sexual orientation including straight, bisexual, gay, and any other form of orientation. This doesn’t play a part in their desire to align with the opposite sex than what they were born into.

This information is pertinent while going through the multiple definitions in the hopes of understanding transgender vs. transsexual. This is a unique conversation and one that is hard to decipher for those who are unaware. This read should have helped shed light on the differences between both sets of individuals and what they go through on a daily basis.

This understanding can help remove or reduce societal pressure on those who are in this position and wish to speak out about who they are and what they represent.

What Does Genderqueer Mean?

 

With so many new definitions that try to explain gender and sexuality, it can start to get confusing trying to keep up with them all. One of the terms that gets thrown around a lot lately is “genderqueer.” If you are genderqueer you don’t identify with male or female traits, or you identify with a combination of traits. There is no line between masculine and feminine and some genderqueer people are androgynous.

Genderqueer people express their identity in many different ways. The genders can overlap, be fluid, or there might be no gender. Some people identify as being pangender, trigender, or bigender, or even having no gender at all. Some people don’t even name their gender.

Genderqueer is a catch-all term for any type of gender that doesn’t conform to the norms of society. Gender often comes down to more than being a man or a woman. People can identify with different genders during different periods of their lives. It isn’t necessary to be a certain gender and expressing yourself through your gender is a way to be who you really are.

Some people feel that they have to act a certain gender when they don’t really feel that way at all. They might feel predominately female one day and more male another day. There are many ways to express gender and the genderqueer term gives people a place to put what they are feeling when it falls outside of the norms.

Gender norms are so pervasive in society and it feels good to have a place to put what you are feeling. More attention is coming to transgender people and people are starting to understand more about people who don’t fit the male or female stereotype. With social issues becoming more and more up front and center, it might be time for a conversation about what it means to be genderqueer.

Sexuality doesn’t mean you have to be one thing or another and being genderqueer shows people that there are multiple genders that can be fluid and always changing. People don’t always fit neatly into stereotypical behavior. Not everyone falls into a neat gender norm.

Everybody is different and we all have a unique way to express our identities. If you are genderqueer you don’t have to label yourself as just male or female. You can embody the spectrum of what it means to be a person.