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ABA Launches “Kids Are Listening” LGBTQ Anti-Bullying Campaign (VIDEO)

ABA Launches “Kids Are Listening” LGBTQ Anti-Bullying Campaign  (VIDEO)

“Our kids are listening. It’s up to us to make sure they hear the right things. Stop bullying. Stop discrimination.”

The above is from a new campaign called “The Opening Doors Project.”

Launched by the American Bar Association (ABA), the campaign, according to the project’s website, “is dedicated to training and supporting the legal and social service professionals on the front lines to ensure that LGBTQ foster youth have the support they deserve and the rights they demand.”

Watch the hard-hitting video for the campaign below:

From the ABA press release:

“Youth in foster care grapple with serious and often devastating risk factors including substance abuse, health issues, harassment in foster care and school, and high suicide rates,” said Mimi Laver, Director of the Opening Doors Project and Legal Education at the ABA Center on Children and the Law.

“‘The Kids are Listening’ campaign is about creating much-needed awareness in communities across America and teaching them how to address issues of bullying and discrimination to LGBTQ youth in a way that can be immediately implemented. We can all make a difference in the lives of these vulnerable children and teens — judges, lawyers, child welfare professionals, teachers, guidance counselors, and community members alike.”

According to later, recent statistics on LGBTQ youth — both in and out of the foster care system — portray a grim reality for these children and teens:

*LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to experience sexual abuse before the age of 12

*LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to attempt suicide as non-LGBTQ youth

*80% of LGBTQ youth reported physical violence by their families after coming out

*Homeless youth suicide rates are more than twice as high (62%) than non-LGBTQ homeless youth (29%)

*80% of LGBTQ students reported verbal harassment at school (70% feel unsafe; 28% dropped out)

*70% of LGBTQ youth in group homes reported violence based on their LGBTQ status

*100% of LGBTQ youth in group homes reported verbal harassment

*79% of LGBTQ youth were removed or ran away from placement because of hostility to their LGBTQ status

*More than 4%–10% of LGBTQ youth in state care identify as LGBTQ

*Between 11% and 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ.

Click here to learn more about “The Opening Doors Project” including how you can get involved.      

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4:28AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Thank you for the article. It is sad, when someone is alone. And i hope that other people have someone behaves supportedly towards and who takes them seriously.

Always when i hear about terrible things it makes me sad, and i cannot understand how someone could do something terrible - hurt, rape or kill a person or animal. When i was a child this also happened to me... and surviving this is more terrible than not (parents and other may think different, but a victim?), living with all this pain... living with guilty feelings... full with hate for the own self
No one can understand, because most people cannot imagine this, cannot imagine how much it change. Some of them think, that this would not be so terrible, because all would make some sexual experiences, and so it would not matter if there were some without own interest or wish. This cruel and superficial society makes me sick.

I know that it is not good to wish someone who does terrible things something as a punishment. But when i hear about violent people then i think why are they so "afraid" to go to someone equal and get some hits for their selves. This is a perversion, to think being more a man when beating a woman or a girl. This men are a shame for all normal men.

About me... there is no one who takes me seriously... :( i hate my own life, i wish i would vanish... that no one would have a burden (me) anymore...

Please forgive these sadness

"Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last

8:29AM PDT on May 9, 2011

Discrimination does not belong in America. These children need our protection because every child is valuable!

2:49AM PDT on May 9, 2011

Great work , ABA.

2:36AM PDT on May 9, 2011

Lulu L., You are medically & scientifically in serious error. Homosexuality is innate, & occurs all throughout nature. Again a reminder from a tragedy of some years ago: following the torture/murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming ; his mother said she didn't blame the young killers so much as society for giving them permission to do so. You are evidence that that permission still exists. You opinion is based on the Bible. Taking a glance at its credibility; I'd direct you to Psalms : 58: 6-10, 59:13-14, 69:23-28, 109:6-14, 140:10, 149:5-8. Horrifying.

11:01PM PDT on May 8, 2011

People need to know that the homosexual lifestyle is an enormous sin, and should never be justified, and condoned as right. God didn't make anybody a homosexual; it's a choice. Just like choosing to cheat on your spouse, or lie, steal . . . nobody has the right to teach our children that it's okay to be a homosexual, because it is not!

6:16PM PDT on May 8, 2011

Yeah, get the parents and politicians and teachers to stop the gay bashing and name calling- you may not agree with a homosexual life-style, but don't promote violence and intolerance. Hate pedophiles and rapists- be my guest- leave consenting adults alone....

11:47PM PDT on May 6, 2011

Good and Important Article and Campaign.

10:34PM PDT on May 6, 2011

Now tell them the whole truth.

10:02PM PDT on May 6, 2011



6:42PM PDT on May 6, 2011

What sick statistics...what a sick country that countenances this kind of treatment of children!

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