Lately there have been a lot of disturbing reports about homosexual teens committing suicide because of being bullied and not being accepted by their peers. My goodness, this truly breaks my heart. I can’t even imagine feeling so down about life to actually take it. I know I’ve had my trials and tribulations growing up, but it definitely doesn’t compare to what these teens are going through. This intense teasing, fighting, picking on, ignorance, etc. HAS GOT TO STOP.
According to The Trevor Project, “Nine out of 10 LGBT students (86.2%) experienced harassment at school; three-fifths (60.8%) felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation; and about one-third (32.7%) skipped a day of school in the past month because of feeling unsafe (GLSEN National School Climate Survey 2009).”
Why is there so much hatred out there? Why are people taking such strong stances against those who simply want to love and be themselves?
I hope that with all the attention brought to this matter people will realize a few things:
1. People just want to love and to be loved. It shouldn’t matter if they choose to be with the same sex. We shouldn’t be going against LOVE. Let’s embrace it and allow others to do it the way they want to – as long as it doesn’t cause any harm.
2. If you notice someone who may feel isolated, reach out to them. Ask them how they are doing. Have you ever felt down in the dumps? Nowhere to turn but someone, whether it was a stranger on the bus, a teacher, a friend’s parent or an acquaintance asked you how you were doing, lent an ear and was supportive? Be that person.
3. Let’s DEMAND that all schools take notice to bullying and do their best to stop it. I know teachers and administrators are busy educating and have enough on their plates, but if schools promote an ANTI-BULLYING policy then students will know that any behavior of the sort is absolutely unacceptable and intolerable.
Being a teenager is hard enough. One of my closest friends Jill, who’s a lesbian, provided some thoughtful insight about this topic. She says, “The headlines lately have really focused on this issue as it revolves around teenagers. Part of the reason being that many of these teenagers are still in a process of self-identification and learning who they are. They are at a more vulnerable time in their lives.”
We are all made up of the same matter…skin, blood, organs, a brain. The only thing that separates us is our DNA. If we are all the same then why can’t we love one another? I know, this is way too idealistic and simple, but please take a moment and think about it.
As they say, sometimes things need to get worse before they get better. I truly hope this is one of those cases. For those of you who are feeling lonely, don’t worry, IT GETS BETTER. This will pass. Surround yourself with positive people, try to have positive thoughts and envision a positive future. From the bottom of my heart, I truly hope things get better for Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community.
Here are some websites that may help those who either need help or for those who want to help others:
The Trevor Project – A national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth.
It Gets Better Project – A site that promotes a positive future for LGBT youth.
Suicide.org – Suicide awareness, prevention and support.
Stop Bullying Now – A resource for adults to teach kids about awareness, prevention and intervention. This site has cartoon webisodes for children who are bullied.