Queer Talks Part Eight
Queer Teens a talk with Ryn Gonzales, MBA
Adults are often guilty of saying, "Gosh, queer youth have is so much easier now than they did 10 or 20 years ago!"
While there have been significant strides in media representation, increased legal protections, and a growing acceptance of queer and trans people in general, queer and trans youth do not have it any easier in 2020 than those who came of age a decade or two ago.
Laverne Cox made history as the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine in 2014, recognizing her acting prowess and activism. Yet black trans women in 2020 still have an average life expectancy of 35 years.
The Supreme Court affirmed that Title VII protects queer and trans people from employment discrimination in 2020, but queer and trans students are still subject to discrimination at school.
GLAAD's fifth annual Accelerating Acceptance Index found that 8 in 10 Americans support equal rights for queer and trans people. Still, young people (18-34) continue to decline in their acceptance of queer and trans people (dropping from 53% to 45%).
It is critical for helping professionals, especially mental health professionals, to understand that life is not easier for queer and trans youth in 2020, it's different.
At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Dive deep into their assumptions about the current state of the quality of life for queer and trans youth,
- Ask the questions that have never felt safe or appropriate to ask, and
- Reaffirm that queer and trans youth deserve to be loved, acknowledged, and accepted exactly as they are.