1 in 5 LGBT youth of color attempt suicide
45% of homeless youth identify as LGBT
82% of LGBT youth report being bullied
LGBT YOUTH ARE . . .
30% more likely to drop out of school
40% more likely to engage in risk behaviors
60% more likely to skip school
It will only get better when . . .
When all students learn and understand a more honest history that includes LGBT voices, then our society will begin to heal the pathology that is in large part responsible for the staggering statistics relating to LGBT youth and homelessness, suicidality, risk behaviors and drop out rates.
Introducing a more equitable curriculum will dispel myths and misperceptions and create safer, healthier schools and communities.
Recognition of this need is just the beginning. Most likely, teachers have not had the opportunity to learn LGBTQ history within their own academic experience; therefore, exceptional professional development training is tantamount in importance to HUE’s K-12 Equity Curriculum. Teaching the educators first – and providing them with exceptional resources – ensures the most educative experience is afforded to all students.
The CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data Summary and Trends Report (2007 – 2017) includes significant health-related disparities between LGB identifying youth and non-LGB identifying youth. The YRBS suggests a more inclusive curriculum “to improve health status, educational outcomes, and overall quality of life”.
HUE has trained over 1,000 educators, impacting youth across the nation.
If I had known about Bayard Rustin’s work with Dr. King, I would have felt much better about myself. I feel cheated and inspired.”