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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
Growing Up Transgender: Safety and Resilience
The data is clear: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer LGBTQ 1 people are overrepresented at every stage of criminal justice system, starting with juvenile justice system involvement. They are arrested, incarcerated, and subjected to community supervision at significantly higher rates than straight and cisgender people. This is especially true for trans people and queer women. And while incarcerated, LGBTQ individuals are subject to particularly inhumane conditions and treatment.
Outness and LGBTQ Youth Resilience
If they do not readily submit to rehabilitation, their family members would be compelled to report them. Sodik Mujahid, a supporter of the legislation and a member of the Gerindra Party, reiterated those assertions in comments to the Indonesian media outlet Jakarta Post. LGBTQ advocacy groups say that if passed, the legislation would have a grave impact on sexual and gender minorities in Indonesia. A parliamentary bill attempted to ban all sex outside of marriage, and because same-sex marriage is prohibited in the majority-Muslim country, that proposal would have included all same-sex sexual activity. Without an anti-sodomy law in place, advocates believe the Family Resilience Bill is about finding a legal pretext to justify anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
Seth T. Pardo is a doctoral student working with Ritch C. Seth's work focuses on the conceptualizations, meanings, and expressions of transgender identities in late adolescence and adulthood. As they navigate the many social settings in which they grow up, transgender youth are too often left to face formidable obstacles alone, without the external supports that foster both safety and healthy development. Adults often find gender nonconformity unfamiliar territory, and may find themselves unsure of how to respond.