Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth and those perceived as LGBTQ are at an increased risk of being bullied. Results from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey show that, nationwide, more U.S. high school students who self-identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) report having been bullied on school property (33%) and cyberbullied (27.1%) in the past year, than their heterosexual peers (17.1% and 13.3%, respectively). The study also showed that more LGB students (10%) than heterosexual students (6.1%) reported not going to school because of safety concerns. Among students who identified as “not sure” of their sexual orientation, they also reported being bullied on school property (24.3%), being cyberbullied (22%), and not going to school because of safety concerns (10.7%).
Bullying puts youth at increased risk for depression, suicidal ideation, misuse of drugs and alcohol, risky sexual behavior, and can affect academics as well. For LGBTQ youth, that risk is even higher.
Research has shown that being ‘out’ as an LGBTQ adult is associated with positive social adjustment. It has beneficial psychosocial and developmental effects for youth, too. However, being ‘out’ or just being perceived as being LGBTQ, can put some youth at increased risk for bullying.
There are important and unique considerations for strategies to prevent and address bullying of LGBTQ youth. While some of the strategies are specifically for LGBTQ youth, most of them, if adopted by schools and communities, make the environments safer for all students.
Anti-bully is a projection mapping interactive art installation which concerns LGBTQ people who were looked down upon and bullied.
Brings audiences' awareness and compassion about the LGBTQ community’s rights.
Aiming to design a "box" or "closet" letting 'walk inside' another world
Utilizing the technique of projection mapping
Projecting visual elements on the inside walls.
Achieving interactiveness, breeding empathy
The makeup products on the vanity table represent differently triggers. Once triggered, the audience can get the chance to change the content on the walls.
Shine In The Shadow
June 2017- Jul 2017
Honesty/ authenticity has long been seen as a virtue in society. But how many of us are truly authentic to who we are, how we feel, and what we want? We were encouraged to perform as “good kids” since childhood: certain parts of us are viewed as either unacceptable or acceptable depending on households and cultural background. We deny, suppress, and run away from ourselves wearing masks, hoping to be accepted. We were told we are not good enough, no matter how hard we try, we will never be good enough, so we learned to wear masks depending on scenarios. As time goes by, the self and the mask have merged; even we ourselves have a hard time differentiating between them.
Deep down our hearts, we all crave to be authentic, but paradoxically are also afraid to be.