GSA opens senior’s eyes to pain of discrimination

This is a logo many Gay Straight Alliances use to represent the study body uniting as one.

Brooke Pearson

This is a logo many Gay Straight Alliances use to represent the study body uniting as one.

A major issue that faces many schools today is discrimination against homosexuals who are outcast simply because of their sexual orientation.

I’ve witnessed, on numerous occasions, an individual being called a “fag” or a “dyke,” both of which are equally offensive. Not only are the terms vulgar, but it slowly deteriorates one’s character. In fact, about 30 percent of all suicides are related to sexual identity crises.

According to recent gay bullying statistics, about nine out of ten LGBT teens have reported being bullied at school because of their sexual orientation. People are afraid to be themselves and try to avoid negative judgments and disapproval from others. Not many people have the courage to speak on what they truly believe is right, so they hurt silently.

The media is moving towards acceptance with TV shows such as “The New Normal” and the “Modern Family.” They both consist of same sex marriages and redefine what a “normal” family is typically portrayed as. These shows depict that being married or dating someone of the same sex doesn’t make you abnormal.

Most times people are judged by their appearance, and most are unaware of what those they’re judging really go through or the pain and hurt that could be secretly stored inside.

One of my closest friends is transgendered gay male, and it hurts to watch his name be thrown around school along with what a “faggot” he is.

In a case where an individual isn’t strong enough to handle the negative criticism, the outcome can be tragic.

Fortunately, our school supports equality, no matter the circumstance. I have many friends that have a different sexual orientation than I, but differences help you learn about personal preferences other than your own.

When I joined the Gay/Straight Alliance a few weeks ago, I learned so much more about how homosexuals suffer physically and mentally. Awareness is the key to continually spreading equality throughout our community. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but if your opinion is hurtful, save it. Let’s continue to build our community on unity, and allow all students to feel safe being themselves.