LETTER: Silent and proud

Sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straigt Education Network, the National Day of Silence is a planned annual event used to draw attention towards the harassment of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. Thousands of students across the country participate. I participated in the Day of Silence this yea
Commentary
May 23, 2010

 

Sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straigt Education Network, the National Day of Silence is a planned annual event used to draw attention towards the harassment of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. Thousands of students across the country participate.

I participated in the Day of Silence this year. The whole day I held my head high and kept my mouth shut. I was made fun of because I participated. I am now called a lesbian because of my choice of supporting the gays, and I don't care. If somebody is going to act like an immature child and make fun of me for standing up for other people, then more power to them. If I hadn't participated, I would have felt like I did something wrong by not standing up for the harassment of gays. I am heterosexual, but there is no reason to harass homosexuals.

It is normal to hear people of all ages ruthlessly calling gays "poofs" or "fags"; and saying they had their "gaydar blown off the scale." The consequences of this type of action include suicide and self-harm. If one of your friends tells you he or she is homosexual, you might be shocked, but you need to realize he or she is the same person. Being homosexual is not a choice; they are born with the desire and it is natural to them. People are people, no matter what sexuality they choose.

Greater enforcement of hate crimes against homosexuals would reduce the harassment of them. In my opinion, the U.S. shouldn't even have to have hate crimes. It is absolutely pathetic we can't be mature and considerate enough towards people who are different than what we view as right. I am not promoting homosexuality; however, I am not against it either. I am simply saying homosexuals shouldn't be harassed for their decisions, but since they do get harassed, there should be stricter hate crimes.

Andrea Beddow

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