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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Wed, Sep. 19th, 2007 02:27 pm
Every so often, I hear stories--or not even stories, just passing mentions--from kids who haven't gotten out of their parents' house yet. They talk about the hatred directed at them just because they're gay (and furry, but I don't lump furry in the same category as gay).

Often, these are people who get online (IRC, or AIM, or LJ, or whatever) because it's their only outlet. They are isolated, not allowed to have friends (or friends only under strict supervision), forced to depend on their homophobic parents for food and shelter because they can't or aren't permitted to provide for themselves, even if they're already of legal age to do so.

It frightens me how such diseased individuals can have kids. It frightens me how some parents can view their children not as individuals, but as extensions of themselves -- objects to own and control.

I'm not a parent, but even I know it's a fundamental mistake to punish your kid based on how upset you feel, rather than what they did. Yet there are parents kicking their kids out over something they can't even change.

If I ever get filthy rich, one of the first things I want to do is give these kids a welcoming, safe place to go.

-- Des

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trema_slo
trema_slo
T.L.
Thu, Sep. 20th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)

My local friends Reddstar and Zazu run a camp at Burning Man that attracts outcast and at-risk youth. They're an older (than me) couple who's kidz arde grown. They showed some awesome results from their friendships.

I applaud you for recognizing the issues... and the individuals when you meet them.

I've known others who were committed --as in locked up-- and medicated. It ain't a lot of fun there or even on the rebound.

Best for your day!
T.L.


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fairyspell
fairyspell
Fairyspell
Thu, Sep. 20th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)

Can I copy this word for word and use it in my book, and then hang it on the wall of the gay refuge community center I will eventually open?

It boggles the mind, truly.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Thu, Sep. 20th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)

Absolutely, as long as it's attributed.

And let me know if you need help with that center.


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amethest
Amethest
Thu, Sep. 20th, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)

Change happens slowly, but hopefully these kids are also being pointed in the direction of YouthQuest and PFlag and a couple of others, some hotlines. Youth doesn't have to be alone these days.

And at least the Internet is an outlet.


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