The LGBTQIA community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual) is an integral part of modern society. However, the way children perceive the LGBTQIA community is often shaped by the attitudes and prejudices of the adults around them. It is therefore important to raise awareness of sexual and gender diversity to children from an early age.
Recent current events that have highlighted the importance of LGBTQIA inclusion include:
Equality of rights for gay and lesbian parents: Children raised by gay and lesbian parents have specific needs, but often face stigma and prejudice from society. Gay and lesbian parents should have the same rights as other parents to raise their children in a safe and loving environment.
Transgender identity in children: Transgender children often face obstacles in their daily lives, such as prejudice, discrimination, and violence.
Media is an excellent way to raise awareness about the situation of LGBTQIA children: There has recently been a large discussion about gender identity, especially with the release of the animated series "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power," which features a non-binary hero. Additionally, more and more LGBTQIA celebrities are coming out and using their platforms to support the community. This allows LGBTQIA children to see role models and feel less alone and isolated.
Raising awareness of sexual and gender diversity is essential to help children understand and respect the LGBTQIA community. Schools and parents have an important role to play in raising awareness of LGBTQIA inclusion, as well as in creating safe and inclusive environments for all children.
It is important for society as a whole to adapt to include the LGBTQIA community, so that all children can grow up in a respectful and inclusive environment. Because yes! Stigma and discrimination can have serious consequences on the mental health of LGBTQIA children. They can develop anxiety disorders, depression, suicidal thoughts, or risky behaviour.
It is therefore important to adapt to this community to prevent these mental health problems.