CDC Report Says LGBQ+ Teens Are At Higher Risk Of Depression

CDC Report Says LGBQ+ Teens Are At Higher Risk Of Depression

Hate crimes against LGBTQ are rapidly rising and so is among teen girls. According to recent reports published by CDC(Center for Disease Control and Prevention), LGBQ+ teens and Girls tend to be particularly more depressed and anxious than any other class.

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But the sad thing is part of our society is not ready to acknowledge there’s been violence committed against a very specific part of the community. The reason is society, from the very beginning being transgender was not something people wanted to document because it could land them in jail, fired, or even executed. But it’s been ages since this bad practices and as a society, we have achieved open-mindedness, do you think that’s enough? If society has progressed so much then why the data and statistics are hugely contradictive?

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According to CDC data, 69% of LGBQ+ teenagers reported constant sorrow, and 45 percent pondered suicide. 37% claimed they had created a suicide plot, and 22% said they had tried suicide. Seeing this data we have discovered that hate crimes against LGBTQ have doubled from what it was in 2019.  

History Of Hate Crimes Against LGBQ+

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If you look at the history of any developed(only materially) nations today. Whether it be in Europe, the middle east, France, Rome, Europe, Switzerland, or England; the only punishment for engaging in a sexual relationship with the same gender was public execution or the death penalty. 

The biggest riot known in human history against the LGBTQ community; the Stonewall gay bar raid is a living example of inhumanly someone can think. 

In June 1969, police in civilian clothes attacked the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village nightclub attended mostly by LGBTQ people.

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Raids, arrests, and police harassment were nothing unusual to these people. But they pushed back this time. A throng of hundreds gathered outside the Stonewall bar and tossed coins, rocks, and debris, momentarily locking the cops inside. Reinforcements were sent in to disperse the mob; 13 persons were detained on the first night. For several days, there was tension near the Stonewall.

This was not the first incident that Gay people had stood up to police brutality. But this particular incident gave birth to two groups; The Gay Liberation Front and The Gay Activists Alliance. 

The following year these two groups jointly arranged an event; “Christopher Street Liberation Day”. As the Stonewall riot took place on this very street and it housed many homeless gay youngsters. They conducted the protest on June 28, 1970, one year after the Stonewall riots. It is widely considered to be the first gay pride march.

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Yet, if you examine history thoroughly, you will discover Even after considerable fighting and pride marches, hate crimes persisted. There has been continuous arson in gay bars, sexual assaults, violence against Black Trans women, and other such countless attacks.   

A ‘buried tragedy’ at a gay bar in New Orleans(Lousiana,1973) where local churches refused to bury victims. And the incidence of where first openly gay, city councilman Harvey Francisco was gun-downed by a colleague in 1978.  All these events are enough to put trans, gay, and queer people in depression don’t you think? 

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Data And Statistics

According to the data of CDC 20% of homosexual teens or high school, students were force to have sex. And survey reported 69% of LGBTQ students were prone to feelings of sadness and hopelessness. While it was only 35% of heterosexual students report feeling depressed. 

According to the CDC’s 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 60% of LGBQ kids reported feeling so depressed or gloomy that they stopped participating in their daily tasks. As compared to heterosexual kids, LGBQ youths are more than twice as likely to be suicidal and more than four times as likely to attempt suicide. 

Simple difficulties like toilet access have a significant impact on the mental health of transgender adolescents.

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According to one research, LGBTQ students who were refuse access to gender-appropriate amenities in their colleges and universities were 45 percent more likely to attempt suicide.

The saddening fact is despite so much mistrust and senseless violence against the LGBTQ community the cops are not putting their efforts to stop it. Because there is still a strained relationship between cops and the LGBTQ community

In fact, the FBI gave a statement saying the LGBTQ community is more likely to be the target of hate crimes than any other minority group in the US. 

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How Can We Uplift LGBTQ Teens From Mental Health Crises?

The CDC study gave a few suggestions for improving teenagers’ mental health. It was propose that schools:

  • LGBTQ adolescents flourish in supportive situations at home as well as in school. So setting up the system where they don’t feel left out and there is a sense of belongingness in the community. 
  • Expanding the reach of community services such as behavioral, and mental health services.
  • Provide high-quality health education to every grader.
  • Assign instructors with reflective practice in classroom management for increased inclusivity of LGBTQ students, including Genders & sexualities Alliances(GSA), and exploring safe places and safe individuals.
  • Establish and implement anti-harassment measures.
  • Groups and outreach programs help kids connect with their classmates and societies. These initiatives teach children that they are value and that they are not alone.

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Parenting Tips To Influence Their LGBQ+ Children’s Health:

  • Parents should encourage open discussion in their homes regarding sexual orientation, this will bring a sense of supportiveness among their kids.   
  • As a parent, it will take time to process your kid’s sexual preferences but it will be worth it once you process your feelings and openly welcome their decision. Work with your kid to set similar goals, such as staying healthy and performing well in classrooms & community. 
  • Spend time getting to know your child’s friends and what your kid is doing can help your child feel secure and valued.
  • Several organizations and online content are readily accessible for parents to learn more about how they can help their LGB kid, other friends & relatives, and their child’s friends.

Conclusion

Despite so many efforts put in by the LGBTQ community bigotry, homophobia, and transphobia are still prevailing in society. As a society, we surely succeeded in the technology race but we failed in showing humanity. But it’s not too late, let’s come together and join our hands with society to make them feel safe, secure, and welcomed.  

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