LGBQ teens face serious suicide risk, research finds

LGBQ teens are more vulnerable to planning or attempting suicide, according to a research letterpublished Tuesday in the journal JAMA.

2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey in the US, researchers found that 40% of high school students who are considered sexual minorities — who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual or questioning, meaning they are unsure of their orientation — were seriously considering suicide.
Transgender teens were not included in the US government’s survey, but research has shown that transgender youth may face a similarly high, if not higher, suicide risk.

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For lapsed Catholics, church’s response to GSAs a reminder of why they left

The funeral of Jamie Hubley last fall was heart-wrenchingly sad. How could it not have been? Jamie was a talented teen, well-loved by family and friends. But tormented psychologically by depression and physically by bullies, the openly gay boy took his own life. That day, hundreds who packed the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church mourned Jamie, as did thousands across the city who had never met him, but were touched by his story.

Amid the grief, there was some joy, in that the Holy Redeemer’s sensitive homily and eulogies celebrated Jamie’s young life. But most unexpectedly, the service delivered astonishment to many in the congregation. Here was the Catholic Church holding a service for a gay teenager who had committed suicide. There were no euphemisms bandied about, nor did anyone talk around either issue — indeed, the deacon spoke about depression being a “cancer of the mind.” Those who had been raised in that faith all had a similar thought: This isn’t the Catholic Church I grew up with.

And that’s a good thing.

Read more: Ottawa Citizen


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Taiwan’s Gay Community: One In Five Have Attempted Suicide

Almost one fifth of Taiwan’s gay and lesbian population have attempted suicide, a new study claims. 

Taiwan may be considered relatively accepting of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents, but a new study suggests many in the community continue to feel heavily stigmatized.

A new survey co-sponsored by the Gender/Sexuality Rights Association of Taiwan found that 18 percent of the nation’s gay population has attempted suicide due to discrimination, while 30 percent have considered taking their own lives,according to the AFP.

Among the other surprising statistics found by researchers: 68 percent of 2,785 LGBT people said they felt pressured by family expectations that they will enter into heterosexual marriages, while 58 percent said they had been targets of verbal harassment, physical violence and sexual abuse. According to Focus Taiwan, other pressures result from negative media reporting of gay issues (57 percent), the public’s expectations regarding gender roles (49 percent), the expectations of older generations and company bosses (44 percent), and verbal and physical abuse (39 percent), the poll found.

Wang Ping of the Gender/Sexuality Rights Association criticized the nation’s Ministry of Education for failing to follow through with a decision to include gay issues in school curriculums. “Taiwan’s lack of education on homosexuality has led to the aforementioned results,” Wang told the Taipei Times. “To build a multicultural and equal society, gay-friendly education and legislation are very important, as fair treatment is not a privilege, but a basic human right.”

-More at Huffington Post

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