The recent suicide related deaths of five teens in the US supposedly related to homophobic schoolyard bullying has wiped up a bit of a storm. In no way does this commentary seek to minimalize the human tragedy of suicide and especially that involving children for their family and the community. Rather on these occasions a gaggle of media personalities rush out to tell their story ably aided by mainstream media. Being a cynical old bastard, I tend to take these biographies with a shovel of salt with most of these people having not seen a schoolyard for quite a while. Homophobic bullying affects all children it controls their behaviour to ensure compliance with a limited view of gender identity that needs challenging. Especially, when homophobic bullying does not end at the schoolyard gate, as it is both codified and institutionalised
Do I give a damn YES I DO!
In my three years of secondary schooling, bullies targeted me every day of the week and staff offered no comfort let alone protection. On some occasions, staff even blamed me for causing the abuse, which still confuses me to this day. I still experience anxiety issues, which often limit my social participation because I do not really trust people. I often hide behind roles, which provides structures that limit the nature of my interactions with others
Does it get better, yes as an adult I discovered my voice, realised, I have choices and the views of others do not count as much as when I went to school.
Hidden Voices the manipulation of healthcare
The programme Hidden Voices had little to do with articulating the experiences across communities of people living with mental illness. It seems the voice of Mackay Division of General practice voice was obviously not that hidden. Today, YIRS closed its free (Medicare bulkbilled) health clinic, staffed by local general practitioners, members of the aforementioned organisation.
The question here is
- How do politics, power relationships and ideologies seek to shape the healthcare system?
- What is the role of professional/industrial organisations and lobby groups influence policy and service provision?
Hidden Voices, exemplified one mode of political manipulation through the use of the media and the self-serving political agenda of some. Here with the closure of this clinic are the medical fraternity trying to apply a further political lever for the capitalist cause. Professionals across the community volunteer including me (10+hrs a week a total of 65hrs this month), is it another example of capitalist imperative trumping community responsibility for some.
What about primary health care?
Coming out early: the fight to help LGBT youth | Feature Story on 365gay.com
The story speaks to a real crisis in the US for teens who identify as LGBT, this situation may simply reflect the inadequate welfare supports systems. However, I am interested in the experiences of Australian teens who identify, please read the story.
It would not be drawing a long bow in stating that for any person, adolescences is a time of transition from childhood towards adulthood in most societies. During which we grow in all dimensions of which we are, subsequently emerging into adulthood as a butterfly. However, it is also a time of much personal angst and self-doubt, if not parented appropriately could cause considerable psychological emotional and social damage whose affects may last a lifetime. Then if we consider kids, who identify as Same Sex Attraction Transgender and/or Intersex the level of confusion seems to go up a level.
This entry looks at
The Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench upheld the decision of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission tribunal in Nichols v. M.J. & Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, 2009 SKQB 299.
Society and kids
In this self-obsessed world somehow we freely abdicate our responsibility for raising kids to experts, denounce under resourced parents or even blame the child. Kids are no longer adults on trainer wheels but an accumulation of social problems solved through clinical, criminal justice and/or interventions. Some pop psychologist labelled them as aliens, dangerous and a threat hence becoming The Other. Unless it is your child then this false crisis becomes a reality a strange mix of soap opera, hormones and duelling egos. However, there is nothing new here in this conflict of cultures mostly it seems promoted by music bands and tee shirt venders to promote merchandise sales. While some developmental experts (i.e. Erik Erikson William Damon) argues the conflict between parent/authority & adolescent is a health part of the young person’s transition. What is really happening parents feed on a diet of the alien in their midst, kids told that it is all about challenging what is and some ask why it is so and then both being punished for not being normal.
Rainbow Nation kids
Hey, Mum & Dad meet my boyfriend, what did you say Jason.
What would your response be if your son or daughter identified as Same Sex Attraction, or there was some conflict between their biological and gender identity?
The real issues faced by young people who identify are the same as those faced by all kids. However, there are additional issues what may be youthful experimentation may turn into something more critical
Rainbow Alley: a trans-friendly resource for youth in Denver
The article speaks to the increased number of younger Alphabet soup people who are outing themselves. It discusses a resouce for young people in Denver Col USA, where young people who identify can readily access support and resources in helping them make some sense of their experiences. The article highlights the shock often experienced by parents (even those progressive thinking ones), when their child comes out to them.
It cites to a post byPeggy Drexler
titled “When Gay Comes Home”Posted: July 7, 2009 05:26 PM
that discuses this topic further on.
If your child came out how would you react?