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Bitches, Beatings and Bullies

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Introduction

High school is never an easy time. In those six years, we are all preoccupied with the process of self-discovery. What kind of friends do I want? How should I balance morals and enjoyment? Where do I fit in? We're uncertain of the answers, and don't know how best to find them. Maturity is growth, and growth involves stretches and strains and will be painful. In high school different is bad, different will be exploited. According to a recent survey by Stonewall, a campaign group, almost all of gay pupils had experienced verbal bullying but 41% had been physically attacked, while 17% said they had received death threats. I was one of them. I'd never really fit in. My class were asked what they wanted to be later in life, "A soldier" said Andrew, "A girl" I replied. Obviously I never knew I was gay then, but it was the first indication and now it makes so much sense. ...read more.

Middle

I had something to say and there was no going back. "Charlotte? I'm gay" I murmured, the relief I felt was almighty and incomprehensible. "I know" she said back to me. I was stunned. She had known all this time and never treated me any differently; maybe everyone else would be the same. I couldn't have been more wrong. I had built up the courage to tell another person, this was a decision that I would live to regret. The news spread like wildfire. "R u gay" my msn read to me. My eyes, they saw, but I couldn't believe it. My heart, it was beating, but inside I'd frozen. I didn't understand why somebody that I trusted so much would do this to me. What had I done to upset them? My mind was racing with thoughts of how to reply. I pressed those two letters on my keyboard with almighty disbelief. ...read more.

Conclusion

That was two years ago, now it's all changed. I'm nearly back to normal now. I have so many more friends than when I first came out. Everyone seems to have grown up a lot more and people treat me the same most of the time, although I still get those with homophobia in their veins that still have the comment to make. With more and more gay, bisexual or lesbian celebrities coming out, times are getting easier for them. Society is changing, very slowly, but it is change nonetheless. Maybe we can reach 99.9% acceptance and maybe being gay won't be the talk of the town. More has to be done to tackle bullying in schools, whether it is homophobic or otherwise. In September alone, 4 American teenagers killed themselves because they were being bullied about their sexuality. That's only 4 that we've heard about recently, there are surely many more. Somebody every day will attempt suicide because their being bullied or teased, and I was one of them I am who I am and nobody will take that from me. ...read more.

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