Do Nothings is produced by the 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization Y.E.T., Inc. . Supporters can make a tax-deductible donation to fund this and other narrative films/TV about under-represented youth.
The Do Nothings series is for those kids - and grown up kids - who exist outside of mainstream culture. Our LGBTQI+, our alternative thinkers, our change-makers - people who experience a torrent of low-key rejections every day that signal they don’t count. Our “Do Nothings” get the message loud and clear. Today, LGBTQI+ youths have a rate of attempted suicide 5 times higher than their heterosexual peers, according to the CDC, and two thirds of transgender youth report self-harm in past year (Centre for Suicide Prevention).
In fact, in the U.S., 85% of LGBT(Q+IA2S) students have experienced verbal harassment because of their sexual orientation or gender identity (GLSEN), 24% of transgender students report having been physically harassed, and 17% of transgender students report leaving school to avoid mistreatment by peers, teachers, and administrators (The U.S. Transgender Survey). What’s more, most American students attend schools in states without laws that protect them from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity despite the fact that these protections work. Moreover, this discriminatory bullying and harassment is strongly associated with increased levels of absenteeism, lower GPAs, lower rates of college attendance and other plans following graduation, as well as lower levels of self-esteem and increased rates of depression and drug and alcohol use (Williams Institute).