I'm not very political.
I never write and hardly discuss my political opinions, who I vote for, etc.
But I did see this article on Momocrats and fell in love with the idea:
Blog action for National Coming Out Day October 11, 2010.
The issue stems from the fact that 4 kids have committed suicide recently because they were 'outed' and bullied for being gay. I was moved by the video in the post. It made me think of my dear dear friend. If he had not lived through high school then I would never have met him in college and there would be this incredibly huge hole in my heart and in my life.
Oh yea, he's gay.
And he lived to tell the tale.
And while he's had his ups and downs he seems very, very happy now.
Because like they say in the video - it did get better for him.
I'll be celebrating National Coming Out Day for all my friends - gay AND straight.
So far not one person I've talked to has every wanted to be gay. It's how they were born, and coming out seems like the scariest, most terrifying thing I can ever imagine. Well that and some of the medieval torture I've read about. Can you imagine facing the reality that if you come out you risk losing your friends, your family, possibly even the roof over your head? The one thing a young person who is facing this reality does NOT need is someone bullying them, and making them feel worse than they already do.
There is no place in this world for bullies
The issue extends beyond being gay. Kids are bullied every single day for being the wrong color, religion, or wearing the wrong clothes. Adults are bullied too! This world is big enough to fit all different kinds of people. But it's not big enough for bullies who enjoy making others feel bad because for some sick reason it makes them feel better about themselves.
No one has the right to make you feel so bad about yourself that you want to take your own life.
No one. Not even a
and especially not a bully.
This. Has. To. Stop.