Bullying is an unfortunate common activity in our schools, playgrounds, youth organizations, and communities. Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity, Inc. endorses education and programs to protect our youth. Gender-nonconforming and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are especially vulnerable targets of bullying. For example, gender-nonconforming and LGBT youths hear anti-gay slurs an average of 26 times a day. Seventy-eight percent of gay or perceived gay youth are teased or bullied in their schools and communities , with thirty-one percent of LGBT youth having been threatened or injured at school in the past year. This is significantly higher than for their peers. Sadly, four out of five LGBT students say they know of no supportive adult at school. It’s important to listen and fully appreciate each individual’s unique story and provide a positive outlook to help our youth reach full potential.
For those you are being affected by bullying, we want to let you know that IT GETS BETTER.
These are our stories.The Sweater – Frat Undisputed - There were times growing up that my family didn’t have much. The worse point was after my mom’s separation with my father when we had lost everything and were homeless with my mother. We stayed with different family members as they allowed, and my two sisters and I lived out of our suitcases. My mom finally found an apartment to rent before I started the 8th grade. Unlike most kids whose parents had the means to go back to school shopping, the only clothes I had as I began the new school year were the clothes that had been in […]Take a Stand and Embrace Your Swag – Frat ChivALrous - Bullying was a part of my entire childhood. From Head Start until I entered high school I was subjected to bullying (even during summer break). I have been told I think I’m a boy, dyke, and bull dagger all before I came out or even realized that I was a lesbian. I have been attracted to women all my life. I have never had an intimate attraction to men, nor have I ever had any feminine qualities. I am blessed to have a very supportive and open-minded family so I found nothing wrong with this until my peers started to […]The Notebook – Frat Con-10-Der - My first and only bullying experience was when I was in the 8th grade. I had my first girlfriend and we kept our relationship a secret to everyone else. We had this notebook that we wrote each other back and forth in and would exchange it between classes. So one day we met up at my locker so we could exchange the notebook and she told me that she did not have it. We looked everywhere for that book but had no luck. So later on during lunch, I walked into the cafeteria and I see little groups of people […]