Transgender Awareness Week: Stand Up For Trans Youth!

By | LGBT Health, Trans, Youth | 2 Comments
Fenway Health is observing Transgender Awareness Week by highlighting the health disparities affecting the transgender community. At The Borum, our focus is on young people ages 12–29, so we wanted to highlight some of the challenges faced by trans and gender non-conforming youth—and stress the need to do more to support and care for them. Share the infographic above on Facebook and Tumblr. As the infographic above illustrates, discrimination can create significant barriers to trans youth living happy healthy lives: In GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey, 80% of transgender students reported feeling unsafe at school because of their gender expression. 
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Health Care and Human Rights for LGBT People: A Critical Focus for Our Work

By | Education, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
Before his untimely death, Jonathan Mann, founder of the UN AIDS program, educated us on the strong link between the concepts of health and human rights. Mann demonstrated how stigma and discrimination are deeply connected to limitations and barriers to sensitive, humane care. In his book Health and Human Rights: A Reader, Mann explains that “Discrimination against ethnic, religious, and racial minorities, as well as on account of gender, political opinion, or immigration status, compromises or threatens the health and well-being and, all too often, the very lives of millions. In its most extreme forms, prejudice or the devaluation of 
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Stand Up for LGBT Youth

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In honor of Spirit Day, I’d like to share the It Gets Better video made by Fenway Staff. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skLLZxqH0wg[/youtube] Started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan and promoted heavily by GLAAD, Spirit Day encourages everyone to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth—who are often singled out for bullying—by wearing purple and by turning their Twitter and Facebook pages purple. 86.2% of LGBT students experience abuse or harassment at school, which can lead to depression, substance abuse, and other health disparities. 40% of homeless youth identify as gay or transgender. Drug and alcohol use is 400% higher 
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