VMSS needs an LGBTQ+ support club

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VMSS needs an LGBTQ+ support club

Artwork by Kieran Kowalski

Artwork by Kieran Kowalski

Artwork by Kieran Kowalski

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How many people reading this feel unhappy with who they are? How many want to change something about themselves, whether it’s your personality or appearance? Statistically, there are a lot of you. Many middle school students are unhappy with who they are and who they’ve become.

Based on information from an article on Growing Up LGBT in America, 26% of LGBTQ+ youth don’t feel accepted and are often bullied. Luckily, 99% are out to friends and family and 64% are out to their classmates. Those stats are pretty relieving, but the next facts are bound to surprise you. I know they surprised me. 92% of America’s LGBTQ+ youth hear negative messages being spread. 68% receive remarks and messages with negative connotations from their elected leaders.

In Minnesota, equal parts of male and female people (adults and children) are part of the LGBTQ+ community. We have a 3.4% population of LGBTQ+ adults and 20% of that group have children. There’s nothing wrong with these statistics, right?, maybe not. 71.4% of children with LGBTQ+ parents are made fun of for their own parents!

Now, this article won’t just be about kids in the LGBTQ+ community, thanks to statistics I found on another article. 40% of boys in middle school feel insecure about their bodies and muscles. 38% of middle school boys will use protein supplements to feel better about themselves. 47% of young girls are held back from showing their true selves because of their self-esteem. 70% of middle school girls will talk down on themselves, their looks, their personality, even with who their friends and family are. 20% of the children in America will experience depression before reaching adulthood.

For all the facts I just mentioned, I believe there could be a rather simple solution. I believe our school could have a supportive club after school for anyone that might need it. Kids that don’t feel comfortable with themselves could see they’re not alone. Kids in the LGBTQ+ community could feel safe among each other. Kids would be given the opportunity to vent if they need it. I think it would make an amazing addition to our after school clubs, especially since it could really help out numerous kids at our school.

Sources: https://www.hrc.org/youth-report/view-and-share-statistics \\ https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/visualization/lgbt-stats/?topic=LGBT&area=27#density \\ https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-teens-and-self-esteem

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