Tuesday, January 30, 2007

It's 10 o'clock. Where are our children right now?

Here's a great article on the recent findings of studies done by the NGLTF on homeless gay youth.

While there are a lot of people who believe that most gay people are rich, this is a reminder that that is simply false. This goes part of the way to explaining the income gap between gays and straights. If "roughly one-fourth of gay and lesbian teens are kicked out of their homes after their parents learn of their sexual orientation", then what does that mean for their self-esteem, their ability to get and maintain a good job, and their ability to become equal members of society? How does this provide for equality of opportunity?

And what does it mean for the other 75% who weren't thrown out of their homes? And the ones who didn't come out at all?

Being queer in this culture means being traumatized in the formative teen years. How different would our community be if we weren't?

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