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What does Queermisia Look Like?

Queermisic Microaggressions are commonplace verbal or behavioral indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults in relation to sexuality, sexual identity/orientation, and/or romantic orientation. They are structurally based and invoke oppressive systems of a heterosexist hierarchy. Transphobic Microinvalidations, Microinsults, Microassaults are specific types of microaggressions.

Note: The prefix “micro” is used because these are invocations of heterosexist hierarchy at the individual level (person to person), where as the "macro" level refers to aggressions committed by structures as a whole (e.g. an organizational policy). "Micro" in no way minimalizes or otherwise evaluates the impact or seriousness of the aggressions.

Further Reading:

• The Many Faces of Homophobia: Microaggressions and the LGBTQIA+ Community

• Unmasking Subtle Heterosexism: Microaggressions and Microvalidations in Everyday Life

• “So are you a lesbian today?” The microaggressions of our supportive allies

• 7 Microaggressions to Avoid During Pride and Beyond

• 19 LGBT Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis

• 20 Homophobic Things Straight People Still Say By Accident

• 9 Comebacks To Microaggressions LGBT People Face Daily

Why are People Homophobic? | BBC Ideas

In the latest in our series about prejudice - and the underlying reasons behind it - we speak to LGBT activist Richard Beaven about some of the reasons behind homophobia. And he shares his own personal story of coming out as gay when he was almost 40.

National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2020

A glimpse of the key findings of the report from the 2020 LGBTQ youth in the survey:

40% of LGBTQ respondents seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months, with more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth having seriously considered suicide

68% of LGBTQ youth reported symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder in the past two weeks, including more than 3 in 4 transgender and nonbinary youth

48% of LGBTQ youth reported engaging in self-harm in the past twelve months, including over 60% of transgender and nonbinary youth

46% of LGBTQ youth report they wanted psychological or emotional counseling from a mental health professional but were unable to receive it in the past 12 months

10% of LGBTQ youth reported undergoing conversion therapy, with 78% reporting it occurred when they were under age 18

29% of LGBTQ youth have experienced homelessness, been kicked out, or run away

1 in 3 LGBTQ youth reported that they had been physically threatened or harmed in their lifetime due to their LGBTQ identity

61% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being prevented or discouraged from using a bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity

86% of LGBTQ youth said that recent politics have negatively impacted their well-being

Transgender and nonbinary youth who reported having pronouns respected by all or most people in their lives attempted suicide at half the rate of those who did not have their pronouns respected

For the full report, click HERE.


The Trevor Project; Saving Young LGBTQ Lives

It Gets Better

About Our Global Movement

The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you are trying to affirm and assert your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can be a challenging and isolating process – but, the good news is, no one has to do it alone.

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This Libguide began with the main categories and many of the resources from of the amazing Simmons University Libguide (referenced above), and has grown to include sources from our ASM colleagues, as well as colleges, universities, associations and NGOs from across the globe. It is a work in progress with news, resources and links to actionable information.

The Facts in America-State by State


View the Clickable map HERE.

Youth Voices-Pride 2020

The It Gets Better Project, through It Gets Better EDU, is proud to present Youth Voices – Pride 2020, a group of four exceptional young people who are partnering with our organization this Pride season to offer their unique stories and words of advice to other LGBTQ+ youth around the globe. They are students, artists, and activists who are working to change their communities for the better and who have empowering insights to lend to their LGBTQ+ peers.

Learn more about each of these Youth Voices below, and tune in to this year’s Digital Pride Experience to catch them in action.

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