I Am Loved: A LGBT Anthology
- LGBT students at schools with comprehensive policies on bullying and harassment are much more likely to report harassment to school authorities who, in turn, were more likely to respond effectively.
- LGBT students are twice as likely to say that they were not planning on completing high school or going on to college.
- Gay teens are 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide and 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection.
- LGBT youth who reported higher levels of family rejection during adolescence are three times more likely to use illegal drugs.
Family & Shelter:
- Half of gay males experience a negative parental reaction when they come out and in 26% of those cases the youth was thrown out of the home.
- Studies indicate that between 25% and 50% of homeless youth are LGBT and on the streets because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- LGBT youth are over-represented in foster care, juvenile detention, and among homeless youth.
Harassment & Violence:
- Nearly a fifth of students are physically assaulted because of their sexual orientation and over a tenth because of their gender expression.
- About two-thirds of LGBT students reported having ever been sexually harassed (e.g., sexual remarks made, being touched inappropriately) in school in the past year.
- The average GPA for students who were frequently physically harassed because of their sexual orientation was half a grade lower than that of other students.
What are we looking for?
We are are looking for both fiction and non-fiction stories, and poetry about acceptance and love within the LGBT community. About you, or someone you know. The stories and poetry can be published as anonymous, if you so wish. Otherwise, include the name you would like published with it. Please try to keep them under 5k. Otherwise there are no other restrictions, as long as they fit with the theme.
Have all entries sent in by September 1, 2015, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
And now for some exciting news!!!
Along with this anthology, RRSMS will be marching in the Twin Cities Pride next year, on June 26, 2016. If you would like to be a part of this, whether that be coming out to march with us or donating your time, money, or efforts to make the event a success are welcomed! Please contact RRSMS if you are interested. We will be setting up a special group to start planning this in the near future!
We'd like to hand out rubber bracelets (which we do have already), fliers, stickers, and mini flags with the rainbow RRSMS logo on them. Any other ideas are greatly appreciated.