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I have a final exam on Monday in my Gay and Lesbian Studies class and we can talk about ANYTHING! Awesome right? Well I want to talk about how young people apart of the LGBT community are coming out on Tumblr. I want to know why some of you chose to come out on tumblr. Did it make you stronger to come out to your family and friends? Do you have more support from people on Tumblr? And are you out outside of social media and why not?
I understand that I am asking some personal questions. I get asked a lot of questions all the time, so I understand. If you don’t feel comfortable with me knowing who you are, sending a message anon is perfectly fine! ^_^ I just really want other peoples advice, stories, and comments. I love to listen =)
Thank you for sharing and please reblog…. I need an A on this final lol
I want to know why some of you chose to come out on tumblr.
The Internet is the only place where I can be myself entirely, and my bisexuality is a huge part of that. I’ve found the Internet in general to be a very accepting place, and even if someone is a douche, I can respond with a well-formed argument instead of just flipping shit, because I express myself better online. I honestly don’t care if someone knows BB is bisexual, because this Tumblr isn’t connected back to me very much.
Did it make you stronger to come out to your family and friends?
No, but then, I was already out by the time I got on Tumblr.
Do you have more support from people on Tumblr?
Than in real life? Definitely.
And are you out outside of social media and why not?
I am to most people. I don’t tell people I’ve just met or don’t know very well because I don’t know how they’ll bounce. I’m out but I’m not stupid.
It must be awful, being a homophobe. Having to spend all that time obsessing about what gay people might be doing with their genitals. Seeing it in your mind, over and over again, in high-definition close-up. Bravely you masturbate, to make the pictures go away, but to no avail. They’re seared onto your mental membranes. Every time you close your eyes, an imaginary gay man’s imaginary penis rises from the murk, bowing ominously in your direction, sensing your discomfort. Laughing. Mocking. Possibly even winking. How dare they, this man and his penis? How dare they do this to you?
Obviously you can’t fight the big gay penis in your head. It has no physical form, so you can’t get a grip on it, much as you’d like to. You’d love to grab it and throttle it until it splutters its last. That might bring you closure. But no. So you do the next best thing. You condemn homosexuals in the real world. Maybe if they could just stop all this “being gay” business for 10 minutes, you’d get some respite from that scary headcock. It might shrivel away completely, leaving nothing behind. Except maybe a nice bit of bum.
I’ve been forced to explain homosexuality to my kids (aged 3 and 4) because their uncle is gay. This incredibly difficult and traumatic experience went as follows:
Child: Why does Uncle Bob go everywhere with Pete?
Me: Because they’re in love, just like Mummy and Daddy are.
Child: Oh. Can I have a biscuit?
We’re all scarred for life. Scarred, I tell you.
How are we supposed to get the rest of the world to stop hating us if we can’t stop hating each other?
Just a thought.
I went to a workshop about being an ally for QUILTBAG++ people, and most of it I already knew (except that “transgendered” isn’t a word). I’m just excited because I get to have a rainbow flag on my dorm room door, and it was awesome to meet actual Allies instead of just other LGBTQ+ people.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and those questioning their sexuality are at greater risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, bullying by their peers and truancy, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.
The study, published in the October issue of the journalEducational Researcher, also revealed some striking differences among the various groups of sexual minority youth.
The study, based upon anonymous online surveys of more than 13,000 middle and high school students in Dane County, Wis., included a set of eight questions with low-probability responses that were used to screen out mischievous responders, according to researchers.
Drs. Joseph Robinson and Dorothy Espelage, both educational psychologists, found that while the majority of LGBTQ students reported not being at risk of suicide, being bullied or skipping school, they were at greater risk than straight youth.
A little more than 7 percent of straight youth reported thinking about suicide during the prior 30 days, versus 33 percent of LGBTQ students. Bisexual youth were at especially high risk (44 percent), as were questioning youth (32 percent). Bisexual youth also were at elevated risk of suicide attempts, with more than 21 percent reporting that they had made at least one attempt during the prior year.
Nearly twice as many LGBTQ students as straight students — 39 percent vs. 20 percent — reported having been bullied, threatened or harassed over the Internet. Again, bisexual youth reported the highest levels of victimization — 49 percent — among sexual minority youth.
LGBTQ students reported a much lower senses of school “belongingness” — the feeling that they belonged at their school, that there were adults they could talk to when they had problems and that graduating was important — than straight youth, particularly during middle school, the study indicated.
About 22 percent of LGBTQ students reported skipping school during middle school, a rate that remained consistent through high school, far exceeding that of straight youth, who reported unexcused absence rates of 7 percent during middle school and 14 percent during high school.
“For some of the outcomes, such as unexcused absences, we found that LGBTQ were already at a heightened risk level by middle school,” Robinson said. “We interpret that as a sign that we may need to intervene earlier for LGBTQ students. We can’t look at what straight kids are doing and assume that LGBTQ kids are at the same risk.
“The fact that we see these large differences in risk patterns for LGBTQ students in middle school is cause for concern and points to the need for more research to understand why they have disproportionately poorer educational and psychological outcomes.”
Including discussions about sexual orientation and sexual identity in bullying prevention programs could contribute to safer school environments and better outcomes for LGBTQ students, the researchers wrote.
Source: University of Illinois