It is critical to remember that we face violence as youth, as people of color, as people living in poverty, as queers, as trans and gender non conforming young people. We can’t separate our identities and any approach to preventing violence must be holistic and incorporate our whole selves. We have seen an overly simplistic and un-nuanced reaction to the recent violence; from Dan Savage telling young people to wait it out until “it gets better” and from Kathy Griffin declaring that passing Gay Marriage and overturning Don’t Ask Don’t Tell would somehow stop the violence in our lives, we have found this response to be as misguided, irrelevant, and offensive as the conservative LGBT Movement itself.While youth violence is a very serious issue in our schools, the real bullies we face in our schools take the form of systemic violence perpetrated by the school system itself: a sex education that ignores queer youth and a curriculum that denies our history, a militarized school district with cops in our schools, a process of privatization which displaces us, increasing class sizes which undermine our education and safety. The national calls to end the violence against queer youth completely ignore the most violent nature of our educational experience.
About We Got Your Back
The We Got Your Back Projects seeks to use social media to support LGBTQIA young people and reduce the rate of LGBTQIA youth suicide by:
- Publishing videos and statements of hope from a diverse group of LGBTQIA community members and allies
- Distributing resources about suicide prevention and bullying
- Starting conversations about the importance of inclusion within our community and standing up against biphobia, transphobia, and racism.
- Mobilizing the LGBTQIA community in support of anti-bullying and anti-violence legislation and efforts to hold schools accountable for maintaining safe learning environments.
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