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Human nature is such that we tend to fear and avoid that which we don't understand.
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It's also human nature to deny that we fear anything. We don't want to appear weak in front of others. The best way to deny it is to hide it from even yourself.
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Errmm... because typically statistics involving 'homeless teens" and "homeless youth" do not include homeless adults...?
Oh of course, since the government now considers anyone under the age of 26 a child I guess we can adjust all kinds of documents.

Give me numbers. Any gay or trans homeless after his/her 18th birthday I don't care about. It's up to them to survive.
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Human nature is such that we tend to fear and avoid that which we don't understand.
Another human nature is not to be leached off of until you're bankrupt. No matter what odd ball phobia you want to attach to it.
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Human nature is such that we tend to fear and avoid that which we don't understand.
Like being patriotic?
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Like being patriotic?
Examine what patriotism actually is and get back to me. The Nazi's were patriots, we can see the danger there.
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Oh of course, since the government now considers anyone under the age of 26 a child I guess we can adjust all kinds of documents.

Give me numbers. Any gay or trans homeless after his/her 18th birthday I don't care about. It's up to them to survive.
Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness by the Numbers | Center for American Progress

And let's backtrack just a little bit and think rationally.

I don't want gay youth (or any youth that matter) living off the government. However I do have a bit of a problem with suggesting that we continue a cycle that obviously isn't working.

I think it's important we remember that we are talking about children here. Children that really didn't have a true chance to do the right thing and become productive members of society. That's not the fault of the government, that's the fault of the family to which they were born.
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The youth in dabateman's study were 12-24 years old.

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Demographics of gay and transgender homeless youth
A survey of youth in New York City found that gay and transgender youth first become homeless very young, with an average age of 14 and four months for gay youth and 13 and five months for transgender youth. That research also suggests that homeless gay and transgender youth are disproportionally youth of color. Among the homeless youth who identified as gay, 44 percent were black and 26 percent were Hispanic. The transgender homeless youth were even more likely to be people of color. Sixty-two percent were black, and 20 percent were Hispanic.

http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-c...melessness.pdf
What it doesn't specify is how many of the 18-24 year olds had been on the street for a long time... for instance, a 24 year old who had been on the street for 8-10 years, becoming homeless at age 16 or 14.
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JANUARY 15, 2013 12:41 AM

Trans woman murdered near Fortaleza, Brazil


Cecilia Marahouse

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT Based on a translated news report, Brazilian trans woman Cecilia Marahouse (or Mara House) was shot reportedly 6 times just outside of Fortaleza on January 11th. Marahouse was a performer and was well known in the LGBT community there. Her friends hope for justice but feel the government looks upon them as nothing more than numbers to be added to statistics.

This is pretty much all the information we have on this murder. There is also a graphic photo that I am not reproducing here, however, it does bring home the danger all of us face, especially in Brazil.

Trans woman murdered near Fortaleza, Brazil The Guerrilla Angel Report by Lexie Cannes
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People read your words, and they take it seriously. And by doing so, it creates this culture where transphobia is normalized, and it's OK to beat us up, and it's OK to call us names, and it's OK to rape and murder and assault us. Those things are the things that play on our minds, and affect our mental health, and drive many of us to suicide.
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Another speaker says: “I’m really worried that as a direct result of that article there are fewer trans people around. It’s not an exaggeration if you look at the results from the trans mental health study.”

The mental health study in question was co-authored by TBA founder Jay McNeil and links instances of depression among trans people to their depiction in the media.

51% of people involved in the study felt that the portrayal of trans people and issues in the media had a negative effect on their mental wellbeing.

Mr McNeil said: “Some of the terms published [in the article] are so deeply rooted in discrimination, violence and hatred that it is just not ok to say them. It refers to me. It refers to many of the people in this film. It harms all trans people, and the people who love us.”

TBA say that they hope more people will come forward with video responses, not as an attack on freedom of speech, but as a demonstration of “the real impact of recent transphobic stories.”

An STA spokesperson said of Burchill’s article: “Such offensive language was used purposefully to attack the identities of trans people. We know that transphobia has a hugely negative impact on the mental health of transgender people, and in this case it was directed at them using the British media.”

Video: Trans community speak of their hurt at Julie Burchill’s Observer article - PinkNews.co.uk
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