Hello, my name is Jorden Brietwalds, I’m a senior from Roswell High School in Georgia.
I wish to make a difference within the LGBTQ+ community by addressing some issues regarding the dangers and issues that affect them more than the regular population. As probably discerned, the issue is pertinent to difficulty, violence and misconceptions/stereotypes that plague our nation during a progressive time. These issues share a common cause, of a lack of knowledge and acceptance.
Furthermore, I personally intend on witness the implementation and change occur. It is crucial to ensure this vision because of the growing number of hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community, in addition to dispelling the misunderstandings surrounding the LGBTQ+ community.
It has statistically proven in general, that the community faces higher rates of mental illness, primarily depression and suicide, dropping out of school early, running away from home, lack of societal support, inability to find a job due to prejudiced biases, etc., the list goes on. There Is also significant evidence to suggest that the majority of families that are against the LGBTQ+ community are much more likely to completely disown and reject their children.
The primary source of these individual’s support vaporized in an instance. There are preventative measures that could help but have yet to be enacted. To start with, there are not enough widespread programs such as “support houses,” which are used to aid disowned youths, as well as a lack declarative information provided to parents and caregivers to acknowledge and clarify their dispositions through their children’s eyes while fostering an empathetic understanding about what their child is going through. Thus, allowing for a two-way empathetic understanding of their child’s perception.
Assistance such as the two ideas, would be a tremendous contribution to converge the canyon of misunderstanding between the LGBTQ+ community and its opposers. As I stated in an explanatory press release, you absolutely do not have to support the community, however, insight will aid in empathetic understanding is the struggles of both sides.
Yes, both sides, because even if the family accepts their LGBTQ+ member, it can still bring ostracism or rejection of the affiliate’s relatives.
I believe that there will be significant improvements if the topic of acceptance and misconceptions between the two groups are covered. Moreover, the LGBTQ+ community is highly underrepresented, in the media which much of the little representation being negative. A platform can be made to help de-marginalize the community providing hope and strength to those who are currently unable to speak out, or who may be at risk for mental illness. This is in much the same way as other movements, such as the widespread feminist movement, more representation is needed for progress to ensue. That starting place is the local media outlets because proper representation and publicity, will increase the likelihood that a shift will occur.
The victims of unregulated discrimination are in desperate need, particularly since Trump placed a ban on transgendered persons in the military. Progress of a retrograded nature simply must not be tolerated, as they open the door to other possibly reversals of progress that are made. Something must be done! Fortunately, enough, I happen to be blessed with a voice to speak out and a platform of which to do so.
With that newfound knowledge, it is my responsibility to perform civil duties to help by of reaching out to various media, especially in the south because of the historical and religious biases that have never fully been extinguished.
It is in such an opportune manner, that I request the issue of low acceptance and lack of knowledge about the LGBT community be, at the bare minimum, briefly covered by the Metro Spirit on my behalf.
Student at Roswell High School