Don't Follow the False!

The LGBTQQIA community faces hundreds of stereotypes every day. Most of them are just what has been displayed by television and are usually not at all true. These stereotypes are the cause of harassment at school, in the work place, etc. This harassment often leads to LGBTQQIA not accepting themselves, which leads to them believing that no one else could ever accept them either. This can often lead to self harm, or even suicide.

These stereotypes serve as a foundation for LGBT discrimination. Less than 1/3 of states have banned this discrimination, and it continues to go on.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people ages 10-24, and people of LGBT groups are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than straight peers. Suicide attempts by LGB youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers. Nearly half of young transgender’s have seriously thought about suicide, and ¼ report having made a suicide attempt.

LGBT accounts for less than 10% of the population, yet they are the victims of 30% of teen and young adult suicides.

This is a serious issue and people need to know the extent of how harmful stereotypes can be. The Don’t Follow The False campaign is working to stop stereotypes and reduce the number of suicides/suicide attempts and self harm among LGBTQQIA.

What Can YOU Do?

In order to decrease this type of discrimination, action must be taken to disprove these common stereotypes. Help spread the word by posting #dontfollowthefalse onto your social media account. This discrimination shouldn't happen in America, and with help we can help stop stereotypes.

Don't Follow the False!

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"Top 10 Gay Stereotypes That Just Need To Stop." SundanceTV. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.

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