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ID: Count Me OUT by Ryugexu ID: Count Me OUT by Ryugexu
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.

Some Statistics:
:bulletred: 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.
:bulletred: 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”.
:bulletred: 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.
:bulletred: 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.
:bulletred: Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are at a four times higher risk for suicide than their straight peers.
:bulletred: 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.
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DerricklovesRoxas Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010   Photographer
The statistics are SCARY. But I feel like it's getting better, day by day, people are waking up. HOW MANY MORE SUICIDES IS IT GONNA TAKE UNTIL BULLIES GET IT??
I'm a proud gay guy and until "gay" becomes normalized, I'll tell the world how gay I am one day at a time. respectfully. hehe :3 Nice picture by the way which prompted me to comment.
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Ryugexu Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
:hug:

:peace:

Check out the journal I linked to - it'll have how you can contribute too.
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Mr-Joseph-No-One Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Blah.
I hope this change for the best. Some of my best friends are lgbt and these statistics make me sad, but so what.
No matter how high the hatters are, there will be allways one supporter.
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Ryugexu Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
:hug:
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