Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012
News for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Physicians
Arizona experiment aims to curb GLBT bullying
A new approach to combating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) teen bullying in Phoenix aims to tackle the situation by removing the affected students from it altogether, according to a story by the Arizona Republic.
"Q High," which stands for Queer High, is a nonprofit organization partnering with the online public-charter school Arizona Virtual Academy to provide an alternative program for high school students that promotes self-acceptance, healthy choices and work preparation. Advocates say this type of program can keep kids safe and on track academically when they are threatened by bullying and thinking of dropping out, the Arizona Republic reports.
Meanwhile critics argue that these programs are segregating GLBT children without addressing the real problem, homophobia and bullying in schools, as spelled out in a U.S. News & World Report story. Arizona's program is one of a number of similar separate schools popping up around the country.
The AMA has pledged to work with organizations dedicated to public health and public policy to reduce lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth suicide and improve health among LGBTQ youth.
D.C. considers census of GLBT homeless youth
In the wake of a recent study that suggested that as many as 40 percent of homeless youths identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT), at least one city is considering measures to help this disproportionately affected population, according to the Washington Examiner.
Washington, D.C., council member Mary Cheh believes a census of GLBT homeless youths is an important first step toward understanding the scope of the problem, and has proposed a plan that the D.C. Council considered this week, the Washington Examiner reports.
The plan includes increasing the number of beds devoted to GLBT homeless youths in the city's shelters and providing "cultural competency training" to employees who work with homeless youth. The council will vote on Cheh's plan in early December, the Washington Examiner reports.