LGBT Discrimination Happens In The West

I read a post from Andrew Bolt’s Herald Sun blog¬†lamenting the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby’s (GLRL) silence on the persecution and murder of gays in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, in which many gays are executed under anti – gay laws, as well as the barbaric killings of gays by Islamic State. While I get what he’s saying, one commenter did tell an uncomfortable truth… LGBT people are still discriminated against in Australia.

Sure, homosexuality has been decriminalised here nationwide for nearly 20 years (Tasmania was the last state to do so in 1997 ), however, being of a sexual/ gender minority in Australia isn’t always easy.

Stats shows that:

  • LGBT students are more than 60% more likely to be physically or verbally bullied at school! compared to 25%
  • LGBT youth are still more likely to be kicked out of home if they come out to family
  • they are still between six to eight times more likely to take, or attempt to take, their own lives.

Now, now, due to technical issues I was having before, I won’t post any links, however, if anyone is interested in gaining more information, Youth Beyond Blue has great information on these issues.

No, let me be clear here, I’m not saying we should turn a blind eye to what is going on overseas. Like hell! It’s absolutely horrendous what goes on in these countries. What I am saying is that being LGBT+ in Australia (zoo in the West in general), isn’t always a bed of roses. Progresses have been made for sure, but we haven’t made it. We won’t have made it until everyone can safely be themselves, when homophobes insults are no longer directed at people, until asexual people can be believed and respected and when people aren’t expected to ¬†‘come out’ and can just live their lives.

Sexual And a Gender Diverse Education & Activism in Schools – What About Asexual Students?

Just before in a blog, I read about an initiative to stamp out homophobia and transphobia in schools and to create a more inclusive environment for LGBT students. I get (and support) the initiative, however, I also fear that some students may feel left out. What about students struggling with their sexuality? What about asexual students (or students who believe they lack sexual attraction). Are they going to be included?

I don’t in any way water down the negative experiences that many LGBT students face, sometimes on a daily basis. They need support and need to feel safe no question, but I also believe that asexual students should be recognised too. It can be isolating at school when you realise (or at least feel like) you don’t belong anywhere. Maybe teachers, School Counsellors, etc could be made more aware of asexuality as an orientation.

Another group that I would like to have acknowledged (if they aren’t already) is students (even in late teens), who are really conflicted with their sexuality. I believe there needs to be more emphasis on the fact that sometimes sexuality isn’t always so black and white (same with gender).

This isn’t about political correctness or a certain “agenda”, I just strongly believe that all students should be supported at school, and that includes students that lack sexual attraction.