Today's blog is something I actually spoke with some students at school about today and felt the need to tell all of you! Happy reading!
The LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) teen community is always growing, but are we growing with it? By that I mean are we opening our minds to realize everyone is different and we should be making everyone feel included. I attend a parochial school so we NEVER even bring up the discussion of the LGBTQ community. On the other hand you all know me and know that I strongly believe in everyone expressing themselves as best as they can so I joined TASH (Teen Advocates For Sexual Health). TASH is a club at Planned Parenthood that teaches high school students from all over St.Louis about understanding healthy sexuality based on teen rights and responsibilities. At TASH I meet so many people, some being in the LGBTQ teen community. It is very interesting to hear their side, the mean things other teens say or looks they give. Teens of the LGBTQ community who are bullied are more likely to turn to drugs and alcohol. After doing some research I found that 9 out 10 LGBTQ students are bullied and/or harassed. In schools kids and teens often use terms such as; fag, gay, faggot, or lesbo to name a few. These words may seem harmless, but they are hurtful to those around you who truly identify as apart of the LGBTQ community. You should always make everyone feel included no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Everyone is different and we should learn to appreciate it rather than make fun of our differences.
Stay strong & stay positive,
Courtney Jay 💜