Feb 092016
 

Screen-Shot-2016-02-04-at-11.42.16-am-850x455Sometime back, this sick homophobic group posted an ad with an iceberg and the Titanic.  The analogy was supposed to be that LGBT marriage was sinking society.  I’ve blogged about that…see previous writing so now I’ll tackle this shameful ad.  (I think PC refers to computers).  Is the ad really trying to tell us that a lesbian co-worker is BULLYING this woman into a gay relationship or marriage?

When I looked at the ad, my first thought was that the girl was a lesbian and had the homophobic noose as an image for how LGBT people are bulled.  My second thought was directed at the number of young LGBT persons (and adults) who hang themselves or commit another form of suicide.  However, this girl is supposed to represent LGBT persons bullying her about same-sex marriage?  How?

First Imagined Scenario:

This is an innocent and chaste young woman.  There are no rings to indicate betrothal or marriage.  She is saving herself for the good Christian man who will be sent to her.  Perhaps, God is taking His/Her time and she is pictured as looking frustrated and tired.  Maybe, she is contemplating getting that man herself by going on a dating site.  Who knows?   The noose represents her fear that no man will come along and she may have to contemplate a lesbian.  Notice the noose is hanging loosely but it is, nevertheless, a threat to this woman!

Second Imagined Scenario.

This is a dream – a haunting nightmare.   She is seated at her desk, at the place of work that she hates and a noose is around her neck.  Of course, being seated, she cannot hang herself.  The rainbow noose reflects a night at Sappho’s Sound a lesbian bar.  When a friend brought her to the bar, this innocent girl told the friend that ‘she had been roped in” or tricked.   Yet, the noose hangs loosely because it was the best night of her life!

Third Scenario – NOT Imagined!

Here are reports about suicide of young people from:  http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/facts-about-suicide

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.

• Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24. [1]

• LGB youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers. [2]

• Suicide attempts by LGB youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers. [3]

• Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt. [4]

• LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection. [5]

• 1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9-12) seriously considered suicide in the past year. [6]

• Suicide attempts are nearly two times higher among Black and Hispanic youth than White youth. [7]

• Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average. [8]

SOURCES:
[1] CDC, NCIPC. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. (2010) {2013 Aug. 1}.  Available from:www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars.

[2] CDC. (2011). Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

[3] CDC. (2011). Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

[4] Grossman, A.H. & D’Augelli, A.R. (2007). Transgender Youth and Life-Threatening Behaviors. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviors.37(5), 527-37.

[5] Family Acceptance Project™. (2009). Family rejection as a predictor of negative health outcomes in white and Latino lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults. Pediatrics. 123(1), 346-52.

[6] CDC. (2011). Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States, 2011. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

[7] CDC. (2011). Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States, 2011. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

[8] IMPACT. (2010). Mental health disorders, psychological distress, and suicidality in a diverse sample of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths. American Journal of Public Health. 100(12), 2426-32.

 Conclusion:
Unlike “Marriage Alliance,” I, as a blogger like to refer to statistics and publish their sources.
paula.

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