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Coming out can lead to homelessness
#1
I've just been glancing through a recent EU Fundamental Rights Agency Report,

"Homophobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the EU Member States: Part II - The Social Situation"

It makes sober reading. Here is a tiny extract:

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The family is of pivotal importance to any person, whether a child, teenager or adult for the provision of emotional support. The LGBT NGOs interviewed across the EU confirmed that responses of families are a major issue seriously affecting the well-being of LGBT persons. Research in Poland,
[/SIZE][SIZE=1] [/SIZE]Portugal, Malta, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Italy, Slovenia, Latvia, Germany, Slovakia, and France [SIZE=3][SIZE=2]shows that a significant number of LGBT persons conceal their sexual orientation from relatives to avoid experiencing discrimination within their family. These studies, however, also show that the majority of the respondents who are open about their sexual orientation meet acceptance within the family. Rejection by the family has emotional consequences, but it can also result in homelessness. A study [/SIZE][/SIZE][SIZE=4] in the United Kingdom showed that 29 per cent of lesbian respondents and 25 per cent of gay male respondents became homeless when they ‘came out’ to their parents. [/SIZE]In Slovakia, a study showed that 20 per cent of its LGB respondents were expelled from home, when they ‘came out’.
Furthermore, Belgian research60 has shown that LGBT persons rely less on family members and more on friends when seeking social support.

I'm not clear from what I've read so far as to when these expulsions took place, but the report from which the UK figures were extracted focussed on young people and was itself published in 2004.

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#2
What is happening to humanity?
#3
fjp999 Wrote:What is happening to humanity?

Should I reply to that question?
[SIZE="1"]I'm a victim of my own success.
I have never failed, I have just found many ways which are incorrect.
Everyone has a story, some people just have a better way of telling it.
In this Concrete Jungle we live, our survival is love that we give.[/SIZE]
#4
that is very very sad
#5
joseph Wrote:that is very very sad
I agree, Joseph. I guess we are among the lucky ones.

What concerns me is, if these figures are accurate, why don't I know many more people who were forced out of their homes for this reason? I can see what my next conversation in the pub will be about.
#6
Cry Very Sad indeed. Keep us informed marshlander.
Reach for the moon if you miss you will be amoung the stars


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