Think Before You Speak

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I just saw this commercial and had to share it!

This campaign, Think Before You Speak, is working to raise awareness about harassment and discrimination against LGBTQ teenagers.  Here is how they describe their work:

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens experience homophobic remarks and harassment throughout the school day, creating an atmosphere where they feel disrespected, unwanted and unsafe. Homophobic remarks such as “that’s so gay” are the most commonly heard; these slurs are often unintentional and a common part of teens’ vernacular. Most do not recognize the consequences, but the casual use of this language often carries over into more overt harassment.  This campaign aims to raise awareness about the prevalence and consequences of anti-LGBT bias and behavior in America’s schools. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce and prevent the use of homophobic language in an effort to create a more positive environment for LGBT teens. The campaign also aims to reach adults, including school personnel and parents; their support of this message is crucial to the success of efforts to change behavior.”

Learn more about the campaign here.

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. snowtravelsandwrites
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 05:06:14

    Damn good advert. My youngest kid finished high school in Australia last year. I’m aware that some G/L kids came out at his school. (The school has a long history of being what americans call Liberal.)
    But we still have a way to go in this country. See:

    http://www.lotl.com.au/news/latest/708-school-bars-lesbian-date-to-prom-again

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