LGBT parents face a high hurtle when college is the only path to their future goals. This hurtle is intensified when the parent is a single parent. People are given no clear road map to how and when to apply and use state and federal aid. Aid comes from many organizations and requires much effort of the person in need to discover it and utilize it.
The first situation a LGBT would-be college-student faces is the poorly framed question; Male or female (check one). Each person must do their best to check the one that bothers them the least and remember this is not something that defines them in any way. A third option could give a more welcoming message to the people that do not so easily fit in a sex category of male or female and provide a neutral category and respective box to check.
The second hurtle to surpass has been reported to be the good hearted, hard working people in the office, where parents must go to fill out paperwork and attend orientations and meetings. One State Worker at the North Highlands office of Human Assistance was quoted in early January saying “We don’t know what those letters mean”, when presented with a written request for a worker familiar with LGBT issues. In the state of California, the only state in the union to make tsunami waves about LGBT issues; it is unsettling to realize the people trained to help you are not always given all of the tools themselves.
When the long journey of single parenthood begins, very few of the parents involved knew from the beginning that they will end up as an individual raising a child and not a couple. The next step for any parent would be to prepare themselves to work to feed their child and give them the best they can. Education is the key to almost all successes in this country. Education for parents is equal in importance to the education of the nation’s children. The parents those children can go home to and filter the information they may have received from their day.
The mothers and fathers of the LGBT community are different and the children are not oblivious to the differences, they simply have not been taught that these perceived differences hold any value. When the children of this LGBT generation of parents grow to adulthood the nation will be facing a major paradigm change. It seems like an important step for any country to realize when all citizens can go to college more progress is made, with fewer mistakes, in every field.
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