Everyday, more and more LBGT kids are being bullied, discriminated, outcasted, isolated, disowned, taunted, teased, and even attacked for just being themselves. People who are a part of the LGBT community are getting attacked just for being who they are. LGBT+ stands for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, and more. Being lesbian means that a girl is sexually or romantically attracted to girls. Being gay is the same but for boys. Being bisexual means that you like your gender and another gender. Being transgender means that you do not identify with the gender you were assigned at birth. And the plus sign represents all of the other gender identities/sexualities.
In some states and countries, kids and teens who are LGBT+ are being sent to conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is when therapists shame and try to convert LGBT+ people back to heterosexuality. Although there is no scientific proof that conversion therapy actually works, many are being sent anyway by their parents who make them feel like they are wrong or not enough. Some families even disown their children because their religion says that homosexuality is a sin. Like for a girl to like girls or boys to like boys, or anything like that.
Now, people are standing up for the LGBT+ community, and holding parades especially in June, which is known as pride month. It celebrates the LGBT+ people and all of the things that they endured or are enduring and what LGBT+ really means. In 2018, around two million people attended the pride march in New York City. Most people are taking action on social media, such as Instagram. The month of June is a time of celebration and representation of all of the struggles that LGBT+ people have gone through and survived.
If your friend or family member is LGBT+, you should not treat them any differently than you would a heterosexual person. They really just want to feel loved and accepted for who they are. And if you really cannot understand how your cousin can be a boy, but actually a girl, and you strongly disagree with them. Then you can just not hang out with them, but don’t be rude about it or use derogatory terms. Don’t even give them dirty looks. It can make them feel stressed or insecure.
Casey Carr, a seventh grader at AdVENTURE, says he supports the LGBT+ community, to a certain extent. “Yes they should have equal rights because they are human.” he answered when asked if LGBT+ people should have rights. Nicholas Boniface, another seventh grader at AdVENTURE, said “Yes they should because they are normal people.”. Both agree that conversion therapy is bad if they don’t want it. “If they want to be straight then there is no harm.”
LGBT+ can be a sensitive topic for some, and an outrageous one for others. Some agree and some don’t. But bullying someone or changing them because you don’t agree with them, is stepping over the line. Can we not just co-exist? Is it really that bad to accept everyone?