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4.9: Advocating for LGBTQ Youth
In Module 4
Adam Rios
Sep 23, 2021
How do you think a youth’s sexual orientation affects his or her identity? I tend to share Carma's comments above. Orientation to the world, in general, can be both congruent with society and sometimes incongruent. Every departure, including sexual orientation, can challenge, and be challenged by society. Ostrasization is a major contributor to self-image and can affect perceptions of self-worth. It is important to show every child regardless of disposition or difference from standard respect and worth. This is a general principle that is ALWAYS applicable. What obstacles might LGBTQ youth encounter in foster care that would hinder their ability to maintain their identity? Social and cultural norms can affect integration. It is important that foster parents be willing to address non-conformity as not inherently negative. Every child benefits from the unique treatment afforded by acceptance. Do you think these obstacles are unique to LGBTQ youth? If so, why? If not, how are these issues transferable to youth in other situations? The sexualization of youth is a problem with me and I do not see any benefits of ascribing primary worth or identification to sexuality. These may be complicating factors that arise from a lack of acceptance in general or non-conforming behaviors, but LGBTQ youth, much like a lot of minority groups, and social groups look to identify in their culture. To primarily bond based on sexuality can be harmful if not reinforced through a total analysis of character and identity away from sexuality. How could a CASA/GAL volunteer have advocated for Randy? See above. I think any one of these techniques in self-awareness is helpful.
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