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Blog Entry: Making a Change - National Coming Out Day
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Making a Change - National Coming Out Day Hi there to anyone that happens to read this! If you don’t like Long and rambly Blogs, I’m going to try and get round to making a Vlog version as soon as I can. If I neglect it, prod me with messages…
Now, I was on QA Earlier this evening, and saw a forum post about national coming out Day, and I decided, as you do, that I had to do something for it. I know heaps of people in my school that are in the closet, and so, I’ve decided that I’m going to help put a support system in place for when they do decide to come out.
A bit of information about my school; While they are quite accepting of different sexualities, they do tend to forget about it, despite statistics showing that a fair percentage of the pupils are LGBT.
In fact, the only place in the entire school against homophobic bullying, and giving an inkling of support is an A5 Square on the door of the “School Ethos” Office. Now, considering that it’s being buried underneath posters about not doing drugs, and underage drinking, (Both important to educate students about) I don’t think my school are doing enough.
I know that people are bullied because of their “Apparent sexuality” and that ”Gay” and “Lesbo” are used as derogative terms, used to bully people, and I’ve honestly had enough. I may only be one student in 1100 but a single pebble can start a landslide. (Hooray! A metaphor that actually works!). I’m sure that other young LGBT People in my school will want things to change, and that, with support in place, will feel that they can come out and not be pushed away by their friends.
I know how hard it was for me to come out, and while many of my friends and family were very supportive, I lost friends, family said “It’s Just a Phase” and I get the feeling that they feel I’m a disappointment. And I’ve been bashed a few times by people that I once considered friends.
Now, I know, that everything won’t change overnight, that if I do start a GSA no one will be interested, and I’ll be sitting in a room, with a teacher willing to support me, with no one else there, that people will still use “gay” And other such words to mean things that they don’t like, that they think are rubbish (I’d rather use Naff)
But maybe I’ll be able to make a difference for the other LGBT People in my school, Maybe They’ll be able to come out and know that there’ll be someone there to support them if everything goes wrong.
I don’t know what will happen, or even if my school will let me hijack the Morning Announcements and though of the day, (I seriously hope they do though I’m going to have to find someone else to read the script out, I get all stammery when I’m nervous…)
I seriously hope I’ll be allowed to do something…
Well, thank You all for reading this long, rambling, and rather poorly written Blog, I will convert it into a Vlog Form as soon as I can. Probably.
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posted by badrich1994 on Saturday 8 October 2011 at 10:58PM
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