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LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning)

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SamS
As I have worked with a lot of LGBTQ related issues within other mentoring I have done, I was wondering what peoples thoughts are on LGBTQ related cyberbullying? Is it on the rise? Are people being bullied more or less about their sexuality now its more acceptable within society :)
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Thorinismyhero
I think it's a complex topic because many people are becoming more accepting but there are also loads of unkind people but overall I would say it is becoming more acceptable to be LGBT+
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Shamyla
I think it's more to do with that being LGBTQ is an excuse cyberbullies use to target them because they know that they can target an aspect of their life which is the individual's identity. The same can be said for culture, race and disability.
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Suzanne

In reply to SamS

It's a great topic Sam, we need more of this awareness raising so we can all work towards facilitating real change : )
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SamS
Thanks everyone for your responses to my thread! :) its great to see that you all have opinions on this subject. :)
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melia.pond
I think similar to Shamyla that society is becoming more accepting, however i do feel that the LGBTQ community do face more bullying and cyber-bullying then those who are not, but i feel like this is due to people using this as a weapon against them, which is not fair or right. But I do feel that that people are becoming more aware of the issue and therefore more is being put in place I feel to protect those who are in the LGBTQ community. Although there are often still large headlines as shown in the cybersmile news, their is similar with many cyber-bullying incidents, but I do feel that it is improving slowly with society becoming more accepting, but there is still a lot of work to do!
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Shamyla
If people do experience cyberbullying related to LGBTQ specifically, there is so much support available. Those negative opinions really don't matter, what matters is how you feel and how you accept yourself =)Keep the negativity door closed and the positivity one wide open
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Shamyla
I actually think society is becoming much more accepting of LGBTQ and although cyberbullying and bullying in itself still exist relating to sexuality I think it has become less to how it used to be. It still makes the headlines but not as much as before and I think it's due to society becoming more accepting with things like equality, LGBTQ marriage and adoption becoming legalised nearly nationally. Like Jules92 said, the internet is used as a weapon by cyberbullies as it doesn't focus just on sexuality, it will focus on absolutely anything such as fashion, religion, ethnicity, music taste or sport teams just to hurt a person.
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Marti
Yes that is interesting. I have just read an article in which Facebook apologise for a "real name" policy which discriminated against Drag artists using their stage names.
www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/01/victory-drag-queens-facebook-apologises-real-name-policy
Almost cyberbullying in itself! Just goes to show how the big internet companies can get it so wrong!!
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Jules92
I think that the internet can be weaponised for any reason and if you are open about your sexuality, whatever that may be, then this is something that cyberbullies will use to hurt you. Just the same if you like a particular type of music, fashion style or you have a particular body image. People who want to hurt you online will look for something, anything to pick on you. Sad people!!
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SamS
ah brilliant thanks! interesting story...
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Suzanne
Unfortunately I think it's getting worse online, even right up to last week it was in the news with a transgender games developer committing suicide due to abuse online. Here's the story www.cybersmile.org/news/game-developer-commits-suicide-due-to-transphobic-online-abuse