People around the world face violence and inequality—and sometimes torture, even execution—because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our selves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse. Human Rights Watch works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender peoples' rights, and with activists representing a multiplicity of identities and issues.
It might also bring to mind images of brightly coloured rainbow flags or Pride parades. People revealed how they often had fears or negative expectations of wider society. And that this is in part why they invest in the idea of an LGBT community — as somewhere where they could feel safe and understood.
Questioning your sexual orientation or gender identity can be difficult, often because of other peoples' attitudes. But it could help you make sense of feelings you've had for a long time. Whether you're straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, there's no reason not to feel confident and proud of who you are.
Positive environments are important to help all youth thrive. On this page, find resources from the CDC, other government agencies, and community organizations for LGBT Youth, their friends, educators, parents, and family members to support positive environments. Some LGBT youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes.
If you're puzzled by a term and feel like you can ask someone you love in the LGBTQ community to help you make sense of it, do it. But also be careful not to put the burden of your education on other people when there's a whole wide world of resources out there. The "A" has also been used by some to refer to "ally.
Back to Moodzone. Poor levels of mental health among lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans LGBT people have often been linked to experiences of homophobic and transphobic discrimination and bullying. Read about different types of talking therapy and how they can help.
W e have a US president who supports gay marriage, and now a pope who, if not exactly signing up to equality for all, is at least starting to talk in language less inflammatory than his predecessor. Then he went on to criticise the gay "lobby" and said he wasn't going to break with the catechism that said "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered". Still, for a brief moment it looked like a minor breakthrough. Then you weigh it against a raft of anti-homosexuality legislation that is coming into force in countries across the world.
All colleges and universities claim to have campus pride. Believe it or not, most colleges and universities across the country are just now catching up to the academic, social, and mental health needs of the LGBTQ community. Thankfully, an increasing number of schools are ahead of the curve in creating a campus culture that not only protects its LGBTQ students, but allows them to thrive.
No longer limited by low budgets, films with gay and lesbian stories have flourished in the first two decades of the 21st century. There is something about the scrappy DIY aesthetic that will always be essentially queer — and the films below reflect a notable shift in the ambition and scope of contemporary queer films. Here are the 20 best LGBT films of the 21st century.