Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Bus Blogging 3rd December 2013

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This is my first post of my "thoughts on my way to work" series and it's related to last nights post on Tom Daley making headline news for coming out to be dating a man. I mentioned in the previous post that coming out as gay/lesbian/bisexual isn't going to be made instantly better just because it's splattered across front pages everywhere; that just shows it to be such a big deal when it would be nice for it to just be normal. This brings me on to what I actually want to say, you know what is sadly normal for young people? Hearing gay as an insult. My friend did a talk on "the gay silence" and other than it making me cry it made me think how impossibley difficult our society still makes it for the LGBT of our community. I mean, don't get me wrong, I've had my fair share of name-calling hurled at me but I guess I knew that once I got out of year 11 those people who had nothing better to do with their time would disappear and everyone else would grow up. The use of gay as an insult, however, hasn't disappeared, I still hear it at least once a day and still wonder how and why it is actually a thing? Most people are like "why do you care, you aren't gay" that's true, I'm not, but does that mean I shouldn't care? I hope not because after hearing the torment my friend had to put up with was enough to make me care more.
Hannah x
Location: Gateshead, Gateshead

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