When I think of these boys being harassed, bullied and hurt either emotionally or physically on a near daily basis as we creep into the year 2011 I am just completely and totally disgusted. I am disgusted by the actions of the bullies and often by the non action of the school systems. Often times the school officials will see this going on, right under their noses, and ignore this abuse due to their own prejudice and narrow mindedness. We have come so far in the battle for civil rights, and yet we still have so very far to go.
I know that there will always be people who have hate in their heart for those that they don't understand, those that dare to be different and those who aren't like them. I know that, but that doesn't make it any less of a shock when I read about people like Asher Brown, whose parents had called the school and the counselors time and time again, only to be ignored. It doesn't make it any easier for me to understand when I read about another mothers son who has lost his life due to senseless, blind hate based on sexual orientation or color. It still baffles me when parents teach their children the way of hate, instead of the way of compassion and tolerance.
I have seen a lot of this first hand. I've gotten messages from my friend Calvin after he got jumped on his way to the gas station to buy cigarettes and a soda just because he is gay. I've been kicked out of a home I was renting because my landlord said that I had too many of those "faggots" over at my house. I've watched my friend Ryan struggle to accept himself, who he is, and the way he loves. I've seen a lot of intolerance over the years, and I have yet to be able to understand or make sense of it. I've worried about my friends and I've been angered by the cruelty that they have endured at not only the hands of strangers but of people that they know, and sometimes even their family members.
|Ryan and myself|
It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools. RIP Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas. You are loved.
How do you feel about the bullying of LGBTQ kids in schools?