1 in 5 LGBTQ youth of color attempt suicide
45% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ
82% of LGBTQ youth report being bullied
LGBTQ 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 if . . .
If every child learns and understands a more honest history, then our society will begin to heal the pathology that is in large part responsible for the staggering statistics relating to LGBTQ youth and homelessness, suicidality, risk behaviors and drop out rates. Including the history and voices of those who reflect various expressions of gender and sexual orientation within the discussions and teachings of our nation’s classrooms will have enormous impact. Learning and understanding this history, as it relates to the development of our nation and world, 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, HUE’s exceptional professional development training and courses are tantamount in importance to the development of HUE’s LGBTQ-inclusive academic content. By teaching the educators first, and providing them with exceptional resources, the most educative and empowering experience will be afforded to all students.