June marks Pride Month, a chance to celebrate LGBTQ communities. President Obama kicked off the month right with his presidential proclamation, in which he stressed his commitment to achieving social justice and equality for LGBTQ Americans. Obama even stated that “LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment.”
We at loveisrespect agree, and we’d like to apply that concept to learning about dating relationships. That’s why we’re honoring Pride by sharing some posts that examine dating abuse as it applies to LGBTQ young adults. We want all of our readers to be in healthy dating relationships. So, we’re taking this chance to highlight the specific issues and challenges that may face these teens and college kids in their dating experiences.
About a quarter of LGBTQ relationships are abusive, according to various studies. Any relationship can be abusive if one partner is using physical violence, threats, intimidation, etc. to control their partner. The stigma of coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning can make someone less willing to speak out against their partner’s behavior, which could further isolate them from their friends and family.
We support our readers loving whomever they love, as long as they do so with dignity and respect. If you want us to speak to a specific topic, please let us know and we’ll try to address it for you.
This month, show your pride by tuning in to loveisrespect and joining these conversations.