For the Count Me Out
project. Please show your support.
Why am I counted out?
Because I am a lesbian. I have the best girlfriend in the whole world. She loves me. I realized my sexual preference after one too many bad relationships with a boy. She was there for me as a best friend, and I figured out that I love her.
Students who describe themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered are five times more likely to miss school because of feeling unsafe. 28% are forced to drop out.
The vast majority of victims of anti-lesbian/gay violence - possibly more than 80% - never report the incident, often due to fear of being "outed”.
75% of people committing hate crimes are under age 30 - one in three are under 18 - and some of the most pervasive anti-gay violence occurs in schools.
A survey of 191 employers revealed that 18% would fire, 27% would refuse to hire and 26% would refuse to promote a person they perceived to be lesbian, gay or bisexual.
Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are at a four times higher risk for suicide than their straight peers.
In high schools across America 87% of LGBT youth have reported missing at least one day of school due to safety concerns and threats of violence based on their sexual orientation.