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Coming out in India: How to Tackle the Dilemma?

By : May 19, 2020 Comments Off
Being an Asian, it’s inherent that I belong to a community that is very strict and conservative about the way matters of family are curated and concerned. When it comes to sexuality,at school, we aren't taught much how to deal with an umbrella topic that has such a wide scope and nuances. Having a friend in high school who was gay, taught me an important lesson in life: how does a person deal with something so delicate and how can one's life revolve around it entirely. This friend was Jai, who was an average shy Indian boy, always used to get awkward amongst our group; which consisted of many guys. When we were in our early adolescence, we just deemed him as an introvert, who doesn't like to mess with
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I Knew I Had A Non-Binary Gender Identity In Kindergarten

By : May 19, 2020 Comments Off
Bullying became my norm, and the bathrooms and locker rooms, where teachers were nowhere to be found, became dangerous. This article was featured in the HuffPost Beyond Binaries series on March 15, 2017 after the Trump Administration rescinded protections for transgender students under Title IX. Given that protections for transgender students have just been rescinded at the federal level, our youth that are afraid of the consequences of coming out need a voice. Here is my story. It was 1997. I was five. That’s when I first had to make the decision on which bathroom to use. I was in gym class, with a basketball between my feet, when suddenly nature was calling. In fact, she was banging at the door. Normally I would have used the single stall bathroom
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North of Oblivion

By : May 18, 2020 Comments Off
How my depression led me to want to die and why it didn’t happen. Trigger warning: this article discusses depression, mental health and suicidal ideation. “I’m sorry, but I can’t do this anymore.” That was it.  That was the note.  It was 2005 and I’d decided my life wasn’t worth living. I was tired of being depressed, afraid to live in my truth and most of all feeling that no one would ever accept me or love me.  I was alone in the bathroom with a bottle of sleeping pills and cried.  To understand how I got here, we have to back up a bit. I’ve always been different. My family is full of big personalities but I was more reserved in comparison. They preferred attention grabbing activities and careers.
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Are LGBTQ Students Safe?

By : February 2, 2018 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* The fight for equality has advanced remarkably in the past decade, however, there’s still a lot of work to do. In a survey taken by The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education, which reports what the school climate was like for teens in 2015, horrifying facts about being LGBTQ in school were revealed. Every child should have the right to equal and fair education; they should also be able to feel safe while getting this education, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. The GLSEN study found that “57.6% of LGBTQ students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and 43.3% because of their gender expression”[1]. School should be a place of education, not the
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Suicide Rates for LGBTQ+ Youth

By : October 19, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* America is what a lot of people would consider a progressive country, but does it really have the best interests for LGBTQ+ youth? A good portion of LGBTQ+ youth will face some kind of mental disorder: most commonly depression, which can lead to self-harming and even suicide. Is there a reason why LGBTQ+ youth are so depressed and is there anything parents and schools can do to help them? According to the Trevor Project1, suicide for youth is, “the 2nd leading cause of death,” and “1 out of 6  students nationwide (grades 9-12) seriously considered suicide in the past year.” These statistics alone are a problem that schools and society need to start taking more seriously.
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A Nation’s Shame: The Epidemic of Homeless LGBTQ Youth 

By : October 19, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* The facts of the matter, laid bare by an educational document produced by The National Alliance to End Homelessness, are grim:  Homeless youth are typically defined as unaccompanied youth aged 12 to 24 years. The National Alliance to End Homelessness’ typology of homeless youth includes four major categories: runaway (fleeing youth), transitory or episodic (couch surfing youth), unaccompanied homeless youth (shelter hoppers), and street dependent youth (squatters and travelers).In 1999, the Second National Incidence Study of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway Children (NISMART II) was published. The study determined that 1.7 million adolescents experienced at least one episode of homelessness each year.Seven different studies of homeless youth in the U.S. have concluded that approximately 20 percent
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