Ed Team

Homophobia Is Killing Our Youth

Filed By Ed Team | July 23, 2009 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: African-American, black, child care, e.n. jackson, hate crimes against LGBT people, homophobic behavior, kids

"We in the black community have a long tradition of treating others with generosity, kindness, love, and compassion. Surely we can find better ways to deal with issues of sexuality than attempting to "exorcise" someone of his or her identity. Homophobia is killing our youth, and the high level of religious conservatism, ignorance, and misunderstanding surrounding gender and sexual identity issues in communities of color puts our youth at even greater risk for death. In many cases, the deaths of GLBT teens have been literal, but more often than not GLBT youth suffer an emotional, psychological, and spiritual death."

--E.N Jackson, freelance writer and Fort Wayne, Indiana resident, in Frost Illustrated

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