I fight for the futures of the leaders of tomorrow.

I’m gay and I fight for LGBTQ equality because youth who identify as LGBTQ are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. In 2009, this heartbreaking reality was brought into the sight of society through the tragic loss of two 11 year-old boys who decided to end the pain and suffering they experienced because of anti-gay bullying. Their lived experiences are far from being rare, since almost 90% of self-identifying youth report being bullied at schools all over the country. Bullying does not start at school, but is rather learned from our environments and background– which says a lot about the condition of the LGBTQ equality movement. What are we as a society saying to kids who come to a heart-stopping realization that because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, they’re “immoral” and not worthy of deserving equal rights? What are we saying to those kids sitting in their family’s living room while the local news channel reports on the protest of a crazy cult preaching “god hates fags”? There’s tremendous injustice towards the LGBTQ community, but even more so with the younger youth. When does it become okay to demonize and persecute children? To cancel proms because of “morality” or remove a senior picture from the yearbook for the sake of “tradition”. Why do we sit back and let these things happen, as young people all over the country sit in their rooms thinking to themselves, “of all the people in the world, why did I have to be the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender one?”, which can sometimes lead to a “things would be better if I weren’t alive” state of mind. This mentality does not come from the fact that they identify as LGBTQ themselves, but rather because of everything they hear in their environments, like that gay men are all insatiable pedophiles that will go after children if they are not stopped by true people of God. Enough is enough with the persecution of the LGBTQ community; the arguments anti-LGBT activists use have no sound or concrete base in our society (though that does not stop baseless people from internalizing them), and so it’s up to the LGBTQ community and our Allies to push for equality and stop this witch-hunt. We owe it to ourselves to live a life happy and worry-free, but we owe it even more to the youth who all hold great promise for the future. They are truly the innocent one and deserve to enjoy their adolescence without being subjected to inane, yet incredibly painful beliefs and practices from the most extreme and on-the-fringe minds. This is why I fight and why I think it’s important to fight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTW1jhl-UK0

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One response to “I fight for the futures of the leaders of tomorrow.

  1. Very well said.

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