by Tanairy Robles
The LGBTQ+ community has struggled for centuries, even centuries to receive the same rights as heterosexuals. On June 25, 2015; gay marriage was legalized yet are still seen differently such as not being seen normal and are often excluded. Everyone has different opinions on the matter that they express through our 1st Amendment which protects freedom of speech. However, this does not give people permission to bully or torture others. Students in South Gate High School who are in the LGBTQ+ community listening to the disturbing homophobic comments other students here state during classrooms.
Though a small homophobic comment may not seem like a big deal, someone in the class may get offended or hurt. Comments that I have heard while sitting in a classroom is, “That’s gay!” or “I don’t want to go because there are gay people.” This is incredibly important because words can affect others whether one may believe it or not. I have sat down in a classroom with tears in my eyes listening to homophobic comments being made in the back of the room while the teacher stays quiet. Teachers that stay quiet and do not defend their students are simply bystanders and contribute to the problem because the victim can feel like everyone in the classroom or school is against them. As a person who has witness and dealt with a situation like that, it causes a stain of heartbreak that can stay for a long time. According to The Trevor Project website, they state “LGBTQ+ youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth.” heterosexual youths aren’t bullied as much as LGBT youths because kids at a young age do not understand or their parents give them the wrong idea. In theory parents are responsible for a person’s homophobic tendencies. Nobody is born racist, and nobody is born homophobic. Comments can cause LBGTQ+ students to harm themselves, so think before you speak and don’t say that homophobic comment.