🇨🇦 How This 15-Year-Old Diana Award Recipient’s Family Tragedy Inspired Her to Help Others

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“Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” ~ Princess Diana

Bailey DunbarBailey Dunbar👼 is only 15 years old, but she’s already seen more tragedy than many face in a lifetime. Her twin sister, Morgan, 263d022c92752ed6e2b035b1410bf332committed suicide when they were just 13 years old after her sister was targeted by bullieslittle devil

Two years later, the  Fort Saskatchewan, Canada,  native is channeling her loss into something powerful. She’s now honoring Morgan’s memory by fighting bullying and cyber-bullying,  and working on raising mental health awareness among young people.

Bailey👼 is leading the charge on anti-bullying  with her organization, Morgan’s Memorial Mission SocietyThe group engages in volunteer work to combat bullying and encourage kindness and inclusivity — and won aCrown2Untitled-2Diana Award for her efforts last year. Crown2The Diana Award🌹 is given out in the late Crown2Princess Diana’s🌹 name to young role models, ages 9-18 from across the world who are transforming the lives of others. (To nominate a young changemaker for this year’s Diana Award, which will be presented at a ceremony in London this May, click here.)

Dunbar👼 faced bullies little devil of her own after her sister’s death. After Morgan’s suicide, one of the bullies little devil who had tormented her turned his attention towards Bailey👼 . The abuse got so bad, that at a point, her parents were forced Albert-Einstein-albert-einstein-genius-smiley-emoticon-000718-facebookto get the police 👮involved, she says. The bully little devil was later made to apologize and stop contacting Bailey.👼

Seeing the treatment her sister suffered through her own eyes, Bailey👼 was inspired to make a change. She founded Morgan’s Memorial Mission Society, and with the help of her mom, she was granted official non-profit status.

“After I experienced what it was like to be bullied,  I finally understood why you wouldn’t MISSION MEMORIAL SOCIETYwant to go to school or go out,” Bailey 👼  says. “I decided to take action because after having my own experience, I realized it’s not okay.

“A lot of people are insecure about themselves, and they’ll take it out on other people instead of talking about it.”

Morgan’s Mission Memorial Society has been involved in several projects that hope to spark conversation about bullying, mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Bailey👼 has hosted a benefit concert with Robb Nash, done multiple events with Project Semicolon, smilie king newanother suicide prevention and mental health organization, in her hometown of   Edmonton and around Alberta, Canada,  and spoke out about her own bullying  story and losing her sister on “Beautiful Me Day.”

She’s also been working with local government officials, as well as the  Canadian ministers of health, education and justice, to help create anti-bullying legislation in the country. Bailey👼 worked with Fort Saskatchewan Mayor Gale Katchur and Jessica Littlewood, a member of the legislative assembly, on a proclamation for World Suicide Prevention Day in the town in 2015.

“They were shocked that at such a young age, that I’m doing all of this to change how people see mental illness and bullying” she said of her experience working with the government ministers.

smiley-king-23118707Also in her hometown, Bailey,👼 along with a committee of local parents, has created a “Protective Guardian” award, which is given to a student or young person who has actively worked against bullying  in their school or community.

Leading an organization that encourages kindness and inclusivity made Bailey👼 a perfect fit for the Crown2Diana Award,🌹 which she received in 2016.Crown2 The Diana Award 🌹 also created National Kindness Day, celebrated on March 31, in the late royal’s honor.

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Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.

That’s why we’re taking action.

We’re the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. We’re unnamedaddressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

We know what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact. We’re independent of government funding, so we can challenge the status quo and invest quicker in what works. In 13 years we’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world. By 2030 we’ll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%. Help us stop men dying too young. Join the movement.

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The Movember Foundation wouldn’t be where it is without the enthusiasm of all of those men and women around the globe. We’re committed to keeping things fresh, keeping the community informed, and always being transparent and accountable in our practices.

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🇺🇸 The Hawn Foundation

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OUR FOUNDER GOLDIE HAWN

pink-happy-heart-smiley-emoticonToday like never before, our children are challenged with incredible amounts of stress and distractions impacting their ability to learn, achieve success and happiness in school and in life. Our children, especially those at risk, need tools and strategies to help them emotionally regulate, reduce their stress, gain perspective, build empathy and resilience, while experiencing the joy of learning.

Our children represent 25% of the current population but 100% of our future. A happy child is a child who can learn. I hope you will join me in creating a better world for our children.

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Children today are showing signs of distress. School dropout rates are rising. Distractions abound for children, their teachers, and parents.

MG_121A child’s ability to learn is directly linked to their overall state of well-being and mental health, of primary concern to The Hawn Foundation and Founder, Goldie Hawn who was the visionary behind MindUP™.

Assembling a team of educators, neuroscientists, positive psychologists and experts in mindful awareness training, the academy award winning actress, producer, author, child advocate and philanthropist created the evidence-based MindUP™ as a social and emotional literacy curriculum and training program. For 10 years, it has grown as the signature initiative of The Hawn Foundation and currently serves children and schools across five continents.

Accredited by CASEL, MindUP™ equips children, educators and parents with vital social and emotional literacy skills, helping them increase focus, improve academic performance, reduce stress, gain emotional resilience and optimism. Rooted in neuroscience, the program teaches self-regulatory behavioural control while offering engagement strategies for learning and living.

school-bus-smiley-emoticon.gifThe Hawn Foundation enlists educators, scientists, researchers, clinicians, volunteers, parents and children’s advocates as well as the most dynamic mindful awareness practitioners in the world to join us in our efforts to expand MindUP™ globally for children. You’re invited to join us and make a difference today in the lives of children, impacting their opportunities for lifelong success!

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In 15 lessons, MindUP™ provides training for complex problem solving skills and building greater concentration. The end result – children are able to engage in learning, becoming less reactive and more focused in school.

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Heads Together ~ A Mental Health Campaign

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“Bottling everything up can become self-destructive and as men we can be socially awkward. CALM offers a way to break the silence.”~ Esco Williams, musician

Through our work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, smilie-sherk3we have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges.

-king-of-the-worldToo often, people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. This fear of prejudice and judgement stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives. Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental well-being and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.

Being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year is the perfect springboard for the Heads Together campaign. We cannot wait to see hundreds of runners hitting the streets of London next April to end the stigma and change the conversation on mental health once and for all.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to end stigma around mental health. Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and well-being, and will be a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.

fairy tale princess2There has been huge progress made to tackle stigma surrounding mental woman2health in recent decades, but it still remains a key issue driven by negative associations, experience and language. Through this campaign, Their Royal Highness’s are keen to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental well-being, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting help they need.

They are privileged to be working with partner charities who have achieved so much in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges. The team of charity partners working on Heads Together covers a wide range of mental health issues that are close to The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry’s passions.

They are:

There will be a number of ways to get involved and show your support for the campaign. Sign up to join the campaign and be kept up to date here and apply to run for Heads Together in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. Heads Together runners will raise vital funds and awareness for our charity partners and play their part in starting conversations on mental health with their friends, families and workmates.

Heads Together is an initiative coordinated by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, registered charity no. 1132048

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Nowhere fast: The journey in and out of unsupported temporary accommodation

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This report shines a light on the predicament facing single homeless adults, who often struggle to access mainstream housing options and so end up cycling in and out of low-quality band-aidtemporary accommodation, which has impacts on their health and creates future costs for local serviceshub2This is the second phase of a three-year project on the lives of homeless people living in what we describe as unsupported temporary accommodation. These tenants will typically have neither a permanent tenancy status nor any structured support plan to move them into settled accommodation. Homeless households with limited access to local authority support, living in private shortstay accommodation such as private hostels, guest houses, B&Bs and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Government data reports that there were 5,910 households placed in B&B accommodation by local authorities in Q3 2015 (DCLG 2015c).

heartThere is, however, reason to believe that the number living in these circumstances is far higher. A report published in 1997 by Shelter estimated that there were 72,550 private tenants (self-referred or referred by another agency/authority) living in B&B accommodation, which is nearly 10 times the government’s count of local authority placements, which stood at 7,660 (Carter 1997).

thekeySimilarly, in 2008, New Philanthropy Capital published a report stating that approximately 260,000 people in England were living on the streets or in temporary accommodation, far above official estimates (Blake et al 2008).

Very little research has been done on the lives of these ‘hidden homeless’ and their paths into and out of these types of accommodation. The first stage of our research culminated in an IPPR report on life in unsupported temporary accommodation, Not home (Rose and Davies 2014). This report set out the context for the project, provided detail about the people who are participating in our research and about the complexities of the system, and set out why it is so vital to address the problems and impacts of unsupported temporary accommodation.

The Not home report highlighted a number of important findings:

• Unsupported temporary accommodation is housing a significant and unaccounted-for proportion of the national homeless population. Many tenants were found to be extremely vulnerable and living in conditions deemed unfit for anyone else.

These tenants are receiving only the weakest protection – or no protection at all – from the existing homelessness ‘safety net’. They are frequently offered no statutory temporary or other accommodation, and no further support from statutory homeless services. There is no plan to support these people during their move into unsupported temporary accommodation, during their stay, or when they come to move out.nurse3

• Monitoring of where these tenants end up living, with whom and for how long is often very limited. This important data is fragmented, with the few statistics that currently aid in identifying the scale of the problem dispersed across a range of government and non-governmental databases.

• Tenants’ health, wellbeing, relationships and finances are seen to significantly deteriorate during their stay in unsupported temporary accommodation, frequently because of dire living conditions, stresses related to unsecure tenure, and chaotic social environments.

Building on this first phase, research in our second year has sought to identify what can be done in practical terms to improve the situation for these households at the local level. In fork-it2this report, therefore, we provide an illustration of the typical experience of those who have participated in our research, and provide examples of how shifts to local authority policy, and local agency and service action, might help to increase the number and effectiveness of interventions into the lives of unsupported temporary accommodation residents

Continue reading this report »»»»»»

It is structured around a tenant’s typical journey – or cycle – through unsupported temporary accommodation.

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Bullied preemies may develop mental illness as adults: Study

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The more Bullied as Children, increases the chance they may develop “Depression, Anxiety, Antisocial Behaviour or ADHD” as adults.

mcmasterHamilton, ON (Feb. 17, 2016) – Babies born at an extremely low birth weight (ELBW) are miracles, but they are more likely to be bullied as children, and this can significantly increase their risk for mental health problems as adults.

Not only that, but the more they were bullied as children, the more likely doctor-with-stethoscope-smiley-emoticonthey are to develop problems such as depression, anxiety, antisocial behavior or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as adults, says a new study from McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

“Being bullied has a significant and lasting impact for those preemies, even into their 30s,” said Kimberly Day, lead author of the study and Lawson Postdoctoral Fellow at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster.

“This has Important implications for parents, teachers, and clinicians who need to be aware of the long-term effects of peer victimization on mental health. They need to watch out for bullying and intervene when possible.”

computer 22The study was published in the journal Pediatrics today. The study included ELBW babies who were 2.2 pounds or less at their birth between 1977 and 1982 in Ontario, who were interviewed at age 8, 22 to 26 and 29 to 36. They were compared to normal birthweight babies of 5.5 pounds or more who were born in the same time span and interviewed at the same intervals.

Bullying is common, with up to one-third of children worldwide facing peer victimization, and ELBW children are even more likely to be victims. ELBW children may be at risk for being bullied because of poor motor abilities, more anxiety and struggles at school, the study said.

doctor-smiley-emoticon“This is the first study to fully illustrate the profound and long-lasting effects of bullying on the mental health of preterm survivors,” said Dr. Ryan Van Lieshout, the senior author of the study and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster. “Their risk for anxiety disorders is especially high, particularly among those who are exposed to bullying on a regular basis.”

And, of those ELBW children who were bullied, they were nearly twice as likely to develop a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD by the time they were in their 20s. nurses-wHowever, the risk was even higher for those who were bullied more often.

By their 30s, the ELBW adults who had been bullied as children were nearly 3 times more likely to have developed anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia, and panic disorder. Rates were even higher for those bullied more frequently.


The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the American National Institutes of Health.

Article by Veronica McGuire ~ vmcguir@mcmaster.ca  McMaster.ca 

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Encounter of The Fourth Kind

 

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AS YOU CLIMB OUT OF THE FIRES OF HELL, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOMEONE THERE TO TRY AND KNOCK YOU BACK DOWN ~ UNKNOWN

ME-1968Another forced sleepless Night gives me this opportunity to finally do what I have been putting of for a few months now, to write a post on my true feeling, what is really happening in my life and the struggles I still confront everyday, a behind the silence that no one sees or knows about, a ruthless evil, an Encounter of the unknown that I call the “The Fourth Kind”.

Anyway let me start by confirming, I try my best to be the best, no the most exceptional person I can be, I have always respected my upbringing, I was taught “To honour and respect everyone” and I applied it to my own existence, I stuck my neck out many times for others only to get a kick in the face, but I kept sticking my neck out for the right reasons, I also lent a hand when I new it wasn’t the right thing to do, not illegal mind you but rather against my morals only because it made someone Happy and smile. Most of all I helped if it was at all possible for me to do so, and mattered most, when it hurt my heart.

For example the following is the kind of thing that truly bothers and upsets me to see, it’s only one of many good deeds I  done out of kindness that I am proud of to this day:

I had friends that lived in the country a few years back, as I would visit them frequently it brings to mind an issue one winter with their sump pump, to make a long story short, the current pump seen it’s last day, a new one would cost $380.00 plus Taxes, money those friends never had. After making some phone calls, we removed the old pump and headed to town.

What kind of person would I be to sit back knowing I had the money while a family had no water, also being February month, I could never live with myself after if I never, so I purchased the new pump for them.

JUSESSo what’s my point you ask? well today I received in the mail a ticket I surprisingly had received on Nov 16, 2015 for, and I QUOTE : “Drove a vehicle while under a Sanctionamount $460.00 ~ Date Nov,16 2015. It also gives me 30 days from the date of the infraction to “PAY” or enter how I “Plead”, “Guilty or Not Guilty” receiving it today leaving me two weeks to respond. My Friend also came down and spoke with the officer on that day in question and said there was no ticket issued, it ended without incident.

From my experience with past parking tickets, once you pay the fine at City Hall as I did, they then contact the SAAQ (in this case), the City then informs and forwards that information to the SAAQ to adjust their records accordingly, this case removing the operating restrictions on my “Driver’s licence” and my “Licence Plate” which were both free and clear, which I received in writing from the SAAQ.

I paid these parking tickets in question in two payments, one on Sept 14, 2015 for $40.00 and the other one on Sept 28, 2015 for $160.00.
The tickets were $30.00 ea. and I didn’t pay them immediately (as if everyone does) so they ended up costing me a total of $100.00 each. I did not dispute that, I paid the $200.00, so why now then do I have to go and explain and show my evidence to a Judge! This I will do, as I am pleading “Not Guilty” and definitely going, only If a judge orders me to pay the $460.00 shall I.

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I really think this has gotten out of hand, and they shall never leave me be, as long as there is a lack of justice, crime Thump’s. It baffles me why these people are so determined to destroy me, because in All Honesty, I don’t have no idea who they are or why they hate me so!

 

Steamed but this video I recorded on that walk home Nov 16, 2015!

It was requested by a Gatineau Police Services officer when he stopped me at 36 Tasse on Nov 16, 2015, in front of my friends building. After the officer checked my information I provided, he informed me of my licence plate suspension for unpaid fines and asked me to park my car and leave it in my friends parking spot until morning after I went to the SAAQ to clear up the misunderstanding, which I did and renewed my plates at the same time for another year. I told him I paid the fines in Sept 2015 and had receipts to prove it, but I did as he said, I parked my car and walked home. This video I recorded on that walk home Nov 16, 2015!

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In closing: The tension in my work, home and social life is so thick, you can cut it with a knife. I have loved and losted and I have losted and loved but now I am at the stage in my life, where there are so many great and amazing people surrounding me and offering there help, and don’t get me wrong, I am so Grateful for you and your devotion in showing me the universal road to Love, redemption and freedom but evil still prevails along my path, and until and only until serious measures are taken to put an end to this torture, or I relocate, my road will always lead to failure and disgrace and I am sorry but I will not walk that road lined with demons no longer as I await death.


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Why workplace bullying goes underreported

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Bullying at work grinds victims down and make them an ‘easy target’ for further abuse, the findings showed.


Bullying at work deteriorates mental health of victims so much that they become anxious, leaving them less able to stand up for themselves and more vulnerable to further harassment, warns a study.

The research suggests that as workplace bullying is a vicious cycle, employers should not only crack down on workplace bullies, but also help victims gain the skills to cope with difficult situations.

india2“Examples of bullying at work include harassing, offending, or socially excluding someone repeatedly over a period of around six months,” pointed out Ana Sanz Vergel from the University of East Anglia in Britain.

“We found that being exposed to workplace bullying leads to deteriorated mental health and decreased well-being. But at the same time, showing anxious behaviour puts the victim in a weak position and makes them an easy target – leading to a spiral of abuse,” Sanz Vergel added.

The research team tested their theory on 348 Spanish employees. Participants were interviewed about their experiences of bullying and assessed for anxiety and vigour.

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“We are by no means victim-blaming here

Clearly employers need to have strong policies against workplace bullying. But training programmes to help victims learn coping mechanisms could help to break the vicious cycle,” Sanz Vergel said.

The study appeared in Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal.
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Webinar: Perspectives on LGBT Suicide Prevention

hands-imgA webinar on the Prevention of LGBT Suicide and the Role of Health Professionals and Religious/Spiritual Advisors

Despite some improvements in public attitudes toward gay marriages and greater acceptance of homosexuality, disparities in suicide ideation and attempts between LGBT and heterosexual youth persist. New research indicates that few LGBT people sought help prior to attempting suicide and when LGBT people did seek help it was not effective in preventing suicide attempts. Further, counseling from a religious or spiritual advisor was associated with worse outcomes. Compared with individuals who did not seek help at all, those who sought help from a religious or spiritual advisor were more likely later to attempt suicide. Black LGBTs were also more likely than White or Latino LGBTs to seek treatment in religious or spiritual settings prior to a suicide attempt.

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Speakers:
Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D., Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Abbe Land, Executive Director, The Trevor Project
Ann Haas, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Rev. Delman Coates, Ph.D., Senior Pastor, Mt. Ennon Baptist Church

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Peter Goldblum, Ph.D., Professor, Director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR), Palo Alto University

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Dr. Meyer will summarize recent research showing that, at least in the past, few LGBT people sought help prior to attempting suicide and when LGBT people did seek help it was not effective in preventing suicide attempts. Study respondents who sought mental health or medical treatment at some time prior to their suicide attempt (or, among those who did not attempt suicide, prior to the age when suicide might have been attempted) were as likely as respondents who did not seek any mental health treatment to have a suicide attempt or serious suicide attempt after this time. However, counseling from a religious or spiritual advisor was associated with worse outcomes. Compared with individuals who did not seek help at all, those who sought help from a religious or spiritual advisor were more likely later to attempt suicide.

Ms. Land will discuss the role of professionals and trained peer counselors in suicide prevention, especially related to LGBT youth. She will also describe preventive trainings, programs, and model policies offered by The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT and questioning young people ages 13-24.

Dr. Haas will discuss advances and challenges in research of prevention of suicide in LGBT populations.

Rev. Coates is Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD and President of the Black Church Center for Justice and Equality, committed to reclaiming the social justice tradition of the Black church. Rev. Coates believes in keeping the legacy of African American Christian activism and the responsibility of progressive faith leaders to further Christian love and American democracy. He will talk about why he believes it is important for African American pastors to dispel the myth the bible condemns homosexuality and the role of LGBT individuals in the Black church.

Dr. Goldblum is the co-editor of Youth Suicide and Bullying: Challenges and Strategies for Prevention and Intervention (forthcoming September 2014, Oxford University Press). Dr. Goldblum will discuss the four presentations and share from his own extensive experience as director of a clinic that specializes in working with LGBT people.
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Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Peter Purton, the TUC’s LGBT officer says despite moves forward like same-sex marriage, issues like workplace discrimination are still faced by members of the LGBT community.

A good time to be LGBT – but not for everyone!

If you’re gay in Brunei, you can get stoned to death, in Uganda, imprisoned for life. In Russia, you can be arrested for saying that being LGB or T is fine. But in Britain, like in France, and much of the USA, we can marry our loved one (unless you live in Northern Ireland). Why shouldn’t the LGBT community celebrate Pride in London on 28 June as a big joyous party?
Unions have long supported Pride and we’ll be there (and at many other Prides over the summer) to join the party. But also to promote our message to the community – life isn’t all that pretty for many of us and the same government that gave us same sex marriage has also, through its policy of continuing austerity, caused much suffering to many in our community.
The largest ever survey of the experience of LGBT people at work confirmed that we are more than two and half times more likely than heterosexual colleagues to face discrimination at work, usually in the form of bullying or harassment. It was the same story across every sector of the economy. Employers with good equality policies were as likely as any not to have a clue how to deal with it. And lots of heterosexual people who say they’re not homophobic didn’t recognise that their bullying behaviour was wrong. So there’s a long way to go before many LGBT workers can feel secure and equal at work. In education, the picture continues to be bleak as homophobia is rampant – even in universities thought of as beacons of tolerance, LGBT students report growing prejudice.
This is bad news for our health and in particular our mental health, but government cuts have slashed mental health services. It’s even worse if you’re young. Young LGBTs are massively overrepresented among people with mental ill health. They’re also more likely to be homeless, victims of a housing crisis created by government policies, but often unable to seek shelter in parental homes. At the same time, hate crimes have risen – a five per cent increase in London last year. But specialist services to help victims have also been subject to spending cuts.
Benefit cuts, in-work poverty caused by low pay and zero-hours contracts, high rents and squeezed public services and with worse still to come, the tough times are set to continue. When life is hard, as it is now for millions, people look for someone to blame, and minorities are always vulnerable.
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Peter Purton is the LGBT officer at the Trades Union Congress. The TUC is a PinkNews advertiser.
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