Have you heard about the You-Are-Loved Chalk Message Project?
It began on one college campus as a way to promote love and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. This year the goal is to spread the message to all high school and college campuses.
Why is an action like this important?
Many institutions and individuals within our culture continue to hold anti-LGBT biases such that growing up LGBT often is a stigmatized and traumatic experience. The impact of homophobia and transphobia is far reaching:
- lesbian, gay and bisexual adolescents attempt suicide at a rate three to six times that of comparably aged heterosexual youth.
- Over a third of students experienced physical harassment at school on the basis of sexual orientation.
- More than a quarter experienced physical harassment on the basis of their gender expression.
- Nearly one-fifth of students had been physically assaulted because of their sexual orientation and over a tenth because of their gender expression.(1)
Read more about the 1st Annual Nationwide You-Are-Loved Chalk Message Project in their own words:
These chalk messages quickly became a familiar quirk around Drew’s campus – popping up every Coming Out Week and Day of Silence to remind members of the GLBTQ community that they are loved – and that their love is appreciated.
We also highly encourage schools participating to write an opinions piece to your school newspaper explaining the meaning behind the project. Let’s educate society on the need for loving dialogue rather than divisive hate speech.
(1) Results of a 2005 national survey released by GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network)