"It Gets Better...and then it gets worse."

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    Aug 10, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    Dr. David M. Hall, ally and published author of gay rights literature, uttered these words at a class I took a few months ago. Here we learned how to combat homophobia in the classroom and what we could do as educators to promote tolerance in the school community.

    However, his messages were not all positive.

    Dr. Hall says that the "It Gets Better" campaign, while beneficial and hopeful for gays and lesbians, masks a problem that is rampant in assisted-care living facilities across the country: Harassment is a particular problem among the elderly.

    Have you heard of such a problem and are you scared of being bullied while you are in an assisted-care living center?

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    Aug 10, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    darius30 saidHave you heard of such a problem and are you scared of being bullied while you are in an assisted-care living center?

    Yes, and yes. If I had a choice between assisted care and assisted suicide, I'd take the 2nd option.
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    Aug 10, 2011 6:14 PM GMT
    darius30 saidDr. David M. Hall, ally and published author of gay rights literature, uttered these words at a class I took a few months ago. Here we learned how to combat homophobia in the classroom and what we could do as educators to promote tolerance in the school community.

    However, his messages were not all positive.

    Dr. Hall says that the "It Gets Better" campaign, while beneficial and hopeful for gays and lesbians, masks a problem that is rampant in assisted-care living facilities across the country: Harassment is a particular problem among the elderly.

    Have you heard of such a problem and are you scared of being bullied while you are in an assisted-care living center?



    Was he saying that harrassment is a particularly greater problem for elderly GLBTs, or just another problem for elderly persons in general that GLBT supporters need to watch out for? If it's the GLBT elderly he is referring to (and I assume it is), does he provide anecdotal or statistical evidence?

    Given that the target population of IGB is not intended to be persons of greater than young-adult age, I don't see where the program "masks" this specific problem Dr. Hall is calling attention to.

    What it might mean instead is there is a need to supplement IGB with encouragement strategies for the elderly and infirm GLBTs among us. And if the evidence shows that GLBTs are abused/bullied at a rate significantly higher than non-GLBTs in assisted-living, or there are many documented cases of homophobia exhibited by assisted-care employees, we'll need strategies that are a bit more nuanced than YouTube videos if we intend to help the target audience.
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    Aug 10, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
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    darius30 saidHave you heard of such a problem and are you scared of being bullied while you are in an assisted-care living center?

    Yes, and yes. If I had a choice between assisted care and assisted suicide, I'd take the 2nd option.


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    Aug 10, 2011 6:30 PM GMT
    Elder abuse is a common problem in this society. It is not solely a GLBT issue.
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    Aug 10, 2011 7:21 PM GMT
    darius30 said
    Dr. Hall says that the "It Gets Better" campaign, while beneficial and hopeful for gays and lesbians, masks a problem that is rampant in assisted-care living facilities across the country: Harassment is a particular problem among the elderly.


    It Gets Better masks another problem - reality.

    Before ‘it gets better:’ Study links bullying to long term negative mental healthThe study, released Monday (May 16) in the May 2011 issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of School Health, reports that anti-LGBT bullying at school “is strongly linked” to negative mental health for its victims.

    Among those risks are an increased frequency of suicide attempts and increased risk for engaging in behaviors that can lead to infection with STDs and HIV. The increased risks exist not only while the victim is in adolescence, but also in young adulthood.


    'It gets better,' but only if you're in a supportive environment, study findsIt turned out that the more that students were out, the less angry and depressed they were and the higher their self-esteem, but only if they were in supportive environments. In controlling environments, coming out was not associated with any of these benefits.



    Criminal-Justice and School Sanctions Against Nonheterosexual Youth: A National Longitudinal StudyCONCLUSIONS: Nonheterosexual youth suffer disproportionate educational and criminal-justice punishments that are not explained by greater engagement in illegal or transgressive behaviors. Understanding and addressing these disparities might reduce school expulsions, arrests, and incarceration and their dire social and health consequences.


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    Aug 10, 2011 8:51 PM GMT
    Look on YouTube for Gen Silent a new movie about this issue

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    Aug 10, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    ^^^thanks bigsmiles
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    Aug 10, 2011 10:53 PM GMT
    Bigsmiles saidLook on YouTube for Gen Silent a new movie about this issue



    Thanks Bigsmiles. This is exactly what Dr. Hall was talking about.

    There's a lot to think about here. I'm speechless.