So there's some straight bashing (AKA disagreeing) going on apparently. Meanwhile a survey, Youth Chances, found in January this year that of 7000 17-24 year olds 42% had sought medical help for anxiety or depression. 52% reported self harm and 44% had contemplated suicide. Of the 7000 respondents to the survey 6,514 were LGBT or questioning, 956 were trans and 612 heterosexual and cis.
In 2009 the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network published Harsh Realities - The Experience of Transgender Youth in Our Nation's Schools. They found that: "Two-thirds of transgender students felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation (69%) and how they expressed their gender (65%). Transgender students were more likely to feel unsafe in school because of a personal characteristic than were non-transgender students (82% of transgender students compared to 67% of female students, 68% of male students, and 73% of students with other gender identities)".
The site for the National Coalition for the Homeless published statistics on homeless LGBT youth in 2009, they found that 20% of homeless youth were LGBT. In 2009 10% of the general youth population identified as LGBT.
We need to remember that victimisation goes beyond a failure to recognise a partnership being worthy of marriage.
The NCH found that homeless LGBT youth were around 25% more likely to be "sexually victimised" than heterosexual homeless youth. Homeless LGBT youth have a higher risk of victimisation, mental health problems and unsafe sexual practices. They are 7.4 times more likely to experience sexual violence and suicide rates among homeless LGBT youth are 33% higher than heterosexual homeless youth.
We need to remember that victimisation goes beyond a failure to recognise a partnership being worthy of marriage. We must not forget in a swirl of confetti and legitimate joy that people are still dying, in Uganda, in America, in the UK, pick a country any country because of their sexuality and wish to live as the person they truly are. We must not back down. We must not forget.
If you want to focus on marriage - which is a step towards proper recognition of different sexualities - however how about you think about this. In Scotland the Same Sex Marriage bill will allow for gender neutral wedding vows. Equal marriage? We're not done yet.