It Gets Better

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More and more, teens that are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are bullied because of their sexuality. Is it really fair for them? For us? No, its not. But it gets better.

More and more, teens that are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are bullied because of their sexuality. Is it really fair for them? For us? No, its not. But it gets better.
A lot of my friends or other students are gay, lesbian or bi. It doesn't bother me, I fit right in. Sure, some think it's unnatural… my biological father does. When I specifically asked him what he would do if I were bi (which, by the way, if you haven’t figured it out: I am) he said he would disown me. I thought parents were always supposed to be there, to love you, no matter what. But as time stretches out in middle school and high school, people that you think are your friends and people that you thought were your family don’t except what gender you like. Now that, if you ask me, is not fair. That is not right.
It's not uncommon that LGBT teens resort to cutting or possibly suicide. Many teens that deal with bullying problems, deal with the bullies over the internet = cyber bullying. Cyber bullying has proved to be really dangerous, although face-to-face bullying is too. According to recent gay bullying statistics, gay and lesbian teens are two to three times as more likely to commit teen suicide than other youths. About 30% of all completed suicides have been related to sexual identity crisis. Roughly nine out of ten LGBT teens have reported bullying at their school in the past year because of their sexual orientation. Half of the students reported being physically harassed while one fourth reported being physically assaulted. Most of these teens are scared to go to adults. Sadly, there is a lack of response by the adults and teachers who do know about incidents with LGBT teens.
That brings me to my next issue: School. In a recent survey, out of the teen students who did report bullying, almost one third of school staff didn't do anything about it. Students who fall into the LGBT identity groups are five times more likely to miss school because of unresolved harassment issues. Around 28% of those students feel forced to drop out off school all together. Many times, the lack of resolve and the harassment of LGBT teens has ended in the teen loosing trust in adults. Sometimes ending with suicidal death.
In the end, the whole LGBT community grieves over the loss of fellow teens. Maybe we didn’t know them, but it hurts because there is always that one part of a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender teen's mind that says: “That could be me.” Most of us have the strength to know that it gets better, and a hand full of us have enough strength to share with others.
Believe that it does get better. Visit the It Gets Better Project online at www.itgetsbetter.org to learn more about the LGBT community and how to deal with harassment because of your sexual orientation. But never, ever give up because: IT GETS BETTER!