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Growing-Up-LGBT-in-America_Report.pdf

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This study provides a lot of interesting statistics about growing up LGBT in America.  About 56% of LGBT youth are out to their immediate family and about 25% are out to their extended family.  About 51% of LGBT teens have reported being harassed in school as opposed to the 25% of the non-LGBT students.  Non-LGBT youth are nearly twice as likely as LGBT youth to report that they're happy.  47% of LGBT youth don't think they fit in in their community compared to the 16% of non-LGBT youth that feel that way.  There are many more stats also included in this study.  The HRC plans to use these findings to increase awareness and acceptance of the LGBT community.

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Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts: Gay ban highlights cultural gap - Region - Main Line Media News

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This article is compares the policies of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in regard to acceptance of homosexual members and leaders.  Girl Scouts have always taken any girl as long as the live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.  Boy Scouts do not allow openly gay scouts or leaders as of right now.  This is a huge example of social ostracism in our country.  Many advocates for making a change in this policy are traveling to Texas to take a stand.

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Wimbledon school becomes Stonewall Champion after training staff to tackle homophobic bullying | SW Londoner

Wimbledon school becomes Stonewall Champion after training staff to tackle homophobic bullying | SW Londoner | Homosexuality and Ostracism | Scoop.it
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This is an article about a Catholic school that trained their staff on proper ways to handle homophobic bullying.  One comments given by an LGBT student from this school was, "I get called names all the time at school, especially poof and faggot. My stuff is always being ripped up or drawn on or stolen."  The staff found this to be unacceptable so they decided to do something about it.  Since it's a Christian school, this raised some concerns with parents.  Mary Crouch, the head teacher at the school, assured parents that the over-all goal is to prevent bulling as a whole and not to promote "gay propaganda" as one parent thought.

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Students Celebrate Pride Prom - www.kmir6.com

Students Celebrate Pride Prom - www.kmir6.com | Homosexuality and Ostracism | Scoop.it
It's prom season at high schools across the valley but Friday night, teens are gathering in Palm Springs for a special prom just for them. It’s the LGBTQIA Pride Prom.
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This article is about a wonderful attempt to lessen the effects of ostracism for LGBTQ teens.  The Pride Prom is an opportunity for LGBTQ teens to go to a dance and bring a date and not be judged!  It helps to show them that they are not alone when that sometimes seems to be the case.  Allies are also welcome.  Allies are straight people who accept and support their LGBTQ friends. Like me!

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Effects of ostracism are a health concern

Ostracism is more powerful now than ever because people have fewer strong family and friend support systems to fall back on when faced with exclusion in relationships, the workplace or even Internet chat rooms, says a Purdue University social...
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This article discusses the emotional AND physical side effects of ostracism.  When people are being ostracized there is increased activity in the brain region associated with physical pain.  People are often ostracized at work, at school, or even at home with their own families.  People who are being ostracized generally react in one of two ways.  They either try to change themselves in order to fit in or they become destructive and vindictive.  People don't realize the lasting effect they can have on one another through exclusion.

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Gay footballer Jason Ball calls on players and fans to never use homophobic language

Gay footballer Jason Ball calls on players and fans to never use homophobic language | Homosexuality and Ostracism | Scoop.it
OPINION: I'VE lived and breathed footy my whole life. As a kid, I worshipped the players, I went to every single Collingwood match with my dad and I've played the game since I was five years old.
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This is a story about Jason Ball, a gay football player.  He loved football for his whole life and he was very afraid when he started to discover his sexual orientation because homophobic language seemed to just be a part of the game.  He hid the fact that he was gay for years for the fear of not being accepted by his teammates.  When he finally came out, he discovered just how wrong he was.  Not only did his teammates accept him, they started a movement to eliminate homophobic language in the sport.

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