But as Mercy showed, there is still a long way to go before full equality is achieved.I get that the Mercy administration is between a rock and hard place.According to the 2015 YRBS, LGB students were 140% (12% v.5%) more likely to not go to school at least one day during the 30 days prior to the survey because of safety concerns, compared with heterosexual students.There is little doubt that the Diocese of Norwich gave Mercy any wiggle room.Yet Mercy, the diocese and the American Catholic Church find themselves increasingly isolated from the American mainstream of social thought. It is on exactly the same legal standing as opposite-sex marriage.Positive environments can help all youth achieve good grades and maintain good mental and physical health.However, some LGB youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes.
Hartford Courant:“As LBGT issues continue to be the subject of discussion and debate within the Catholic church and society at large, so too are they matters of consideration for Mercy High School. The expectation has been that a Mercy student’s date be male.
When we talk about major concerns facing LGBTQ youth, we typically discuss topics like bias-based bullying and harassment or familial rejection and homelessness; and when we talk about violence facing the larger LGBTQ community, we typically discuss hate crimes.
In other words, we talk about the violence facing our community from those outside it, from those who are openly homophobic and transphobic, but what about the violence happening within our community?
As difficult as it may be to admit, LGBTQ people – including LGBTQ youth – can be and are perpetrators of violence as well as its victims, and too often, that violence occurs in the context of romantic and/or sexual relationships.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lesbians and gay men experience equal or higher levels of intimate partner violence (IPV) as heterosexuals, with bisexual women suffering much higher rates of IPV in comparison to lesbians, gay men and heterosexual women.