Thursday, October 27, 2011

Interesting Quote: Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition

Bullying and violence have no place in our schools. When our children are the targets as a result of their orientation, perceived orientation, gender identity or gender expression, it is critical that there are adults they can turn to. It is imperative that their allies be visible so that they won't have to be invisible. This is our responsibility to not only our black LGBT youth but every child.

It is going to take a village to change the culture of bullying. As adults, we have an obligation to help young people "own their power." If they are bullied or witness their friends being harassed, they should feel empowered to speak up and speak out. That's where we come in.

We must engage our children in open and honest dialogue around anti-gay violence and rhetoric and bring LGBT-inclusive books, movies, and conversations into the home. Start a Gay-Straight Alliance with your son or daughter if they don't already have one. And if there is one, you can volunteer, whether your child is gay or not. Being a silent spectator is not an option. It is about building community and letting our children know that we care.



Kyle Leach said...

V, she really does everyone justice with this statement. Simple, eloquent, easy to defend. This should be our template to combat GLBTQ harassment and abuse.

Anonymous said...

Agree with Kyle. I read through that and I could hear the words in my mind and I applaud her for telling it like she did.

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