Broadening Our Scope on Sexuality

Since the beginning of time, the fertilization of human germ cells have led to determinant sexes and characteristics of the baby-to-be.  This “genetic switch” events the developmental fate, psychological challenges and social pressures that the individual will face in the real-world. Such a sudden step in the development of an ignorant fetus, but such a monumental impact on the development of an aware being. Juxtapose this inkling with the modern-day approach to sexual identity: “Sexual identity is how one thinks of oneself in terms of whom one is romantically or sexually attracted to. Sexual identity may also refer to sexual orientation identity, which is when people identify or disidentify with a sexual orientation or choose not to identify with a sexual orientation. (1)” In summation, sexual identity is no longer a chromosomal analysis, but a way in which one identified themselves from successive psychological/social/psychiatric pressures.  Now the controversy has risen and the confusion is raising questions: Why does it matter? And how are these that are misinterpreted being affected?

Sexually Misinterpreted Youth

GLBTQ-“Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and Questioning” (source1)

Service providers estimate that 20 to 40 percent of homeless youth may be GLBTQ. According to one study, 50 percent of gay teens experienced a negative reaction from their parents when they came out and 26 percent were kicked out of their home.

Higher levels of family rejection during adolescence have been linked to negative health outcomes for GLBTQ youth.

In one nationwide survey, 84.6 percent of GLBTQ students reported being verbally harassed, 40.1 percent reported being physically harassed and 19 percent reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.

29.1 percent of GLBTQ students missed a class and 30 percent missed a day of school in the past month because they felt unsafe in their school. GLBTQ who experienced more frequent harassment had lower grade point averages than those who were harassed less frequently. 
 

Sexually Misinterpreted Adults (Source 2)

Fifteen percent to 43 percent of gay and transgender workers have experienced some form of discrimination on the job.

Eight percent to 17 percent of gay and transgender workers report being passed over for a job or fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Ten percent to 28 percent received a negative performance evaluation or were passed over for a promotion because they were gay or transgender.

Seven percent to 41 percent of gay and transgender workers were verbally or physically abused or had their workplace vandalized.
 

Disclosures?

Unfortunately, the right to be human is perpetually hindered across all age groups.  The social structures implemented into our everyday lives-media, advertisement, religion, and other standards-have segmented general persona in the worst of ways.  The numbers presented above are less than a few years old.  Although national recognition has been paid to the gay community less than a year ago, changes have been minimal.  The right to free living and equal treatment isn’t a decision to be made by those common origin-what gives?

Sources

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/news/2011/06/02/9872/gay-and-transgender-people-face-high-rates-of-workplace-discrimination-and-harassment/

http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/publications/424-glbtq-youth

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