As we all know, there is a problem of epidemic proportions occurring in America; yes, I am, of course, referencing the rampant discrimination against homosexual and transsexual schizophrenics by convenience store clerks. Luckily, the U.S. government is spending taxpayer money to discover a way to solve this “problem.” CNS News reports:
The National Institutes of Health through its National Institute of Mental Health has awarded $52,293 in taxpayer funding to the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to study how to reduce discrimination of lesbian, gay and transgender people with schizophrenia by members of the community they are in frequent contact with, like the “convenience store clerk.”
“Inquiry will extend from individuals with schizophrenia to include family members and service providers of participants as well as community members with whom they are in frequent contact (e.g., convenience store clerk),” the grant, titled “Defining Community for LGBT People with Schizophrenia,” stated.
“Sexual and gender minority individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) are amongst the most marginalized individuals in North American society,” the grant stated. “They face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination that compound the effects of having a major mental illness, hampering recovery and frustrating efforts to meaningfully participate in our communities.”
“Our work will lay the groundwork for our developing a better understanding about how we can reduce that discrimination in community contexts and develop interventions to facilitate community participation among sexual and gender minority individuals with severe mental illness,” it stated.
“Complementing a study of community participation amongst an ethnoracially diverse group of individuals with schizophrenia in Toronto, Ontario, this project will involve the development of a new arm of the study that would focus specifically on lesbian, gay, and transgender (LGT) people with schizophrenia and those with whom they interact,” it stated.
Sixteen such individuals will be assessed three times over a one-year period, according to the grant.
The project “will provide an intensive and nuanced description of community participation for these groups that will offer policy makers and clinicians in-depth information which may help them in improving services.”
“Using interviews, ethnographic observation, and the creation of maps to geographically locate places of risk and resource, we will examine the physical, social, psychological, political, economics, and cultural dimension of community participation,” the grant stated.
The project began on Aug. 20, 2013, but funding for the project began one year later on Aug. 1, 2014. The project and funding will conclude on July 31, 2015.
Not only did someone, somewhere think up this ridiculous use of taxpayer money, but it actually was approved. Our government is simply out of control.
Written by Greg Campbell.