In the United States, 42% of people who are LGBT report living in an unwelcome environment and 80% of youth who are LGBT report severe social isolation. Factors that contribute to these staggering statistics include misunderstanding, shame, stigma, lack of education, and lack of positive mainstream representation. Through critical examination of prior interventions, in-depth literature review, and knowledge based on years of work in the community, we were able to identify deficits and needs of this population and ways in which they were or were not being met. The HateHate Campaign strives to build a new and accessible guide to connect the LGBTQ+ youth population to needed resources and enable them to become advocates for themselves and others. This website will work to combat stigma and increase awareness through education and inclusion. This will empower young people to speak up and combat stigma in their everyday lives, creating a grassroots movement to decrease negative attitudes among the general population. Effectiveness of our program will be seen through the analysis of site traffic and a comprehensive survey to gauge understanding and attitudes around Kent State’s campus.
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