Being a good ally to the LGBTQIA+ community is essential when hate crimes related to gender and sexual orientation continue to be a common occurrence in every country around the world. Love knows nothing of gender, sexuality, or identity and being an ally means standing up for equality. This is about more than just voting for policies that get a lot of attention, like legalizing same-sex marriage. It also means helping to protect the trans community, fighting for rights at work and supporting loved ones when they face discrimination in their everyday life.
The term LGBTQIA+ encompasses a whole spectrum of sexualities, genders, and other such identifiers. Using the wrong pronouns or terminology once may be an accident. However, repeatedly ignoring someone’s wishes despite being directly informed highlights a continued phobia or prejudice that you are participating in against the trans and non-binary community. For example, one study found 32% of the transgendered people polled stated that misgendering further perpetuates feelings of stigmatization. (APA Psycnet)
A strong peer group is essential, especially when you consider that people who are LGBTQIA+ are more likely to experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives. Those aged 16-21 are five times more likely to attempt suicide at least once in their lives. Whereas, individuals who are transgender are nearly eleven times more likely to attempt suicide. (LGTBI Health)
Question: How can we approach misgendering and the use of homophobic language?
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