Recently I witnessed a discussion between three of my classmates. The conversation consisted of the incorrect use of the word gay.
Okay, I didn’t do anything about it, but I couldn’t, except I’m doing something now.
Using gay as an insult? I think it is completely immature. In this day and age especially, but obviously some people don’t know better. So maybe students need to be taught more about this.
So, does this happen often? Are students or people in general using “gay” this way? (It rhymed. I’m a poet)
If it is being used incorrectly within schools, struggling LGBTI+ youth can find it a lot harder to come to terms with their sexuality. LGBTI+ students are getting bullied a lot more than other students, triggering a lot more mental illnesses.
It has been proven that LGBTI+ persons are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, than the rest of the heterosexual population. They are also at a greater risk of self-harm and suicide.
Quoting Beyond Blue research sources.
“Among the LGBTI+ populations, research clearly indicates discrimination, abuse (both physical and verbal), exclusion and prejudice are key contributors to the increased rates in depression, anxiety and self-harm.”
So to round up my point, I think it’s unfair. If you are gay or part of the LGBTI+ community, it isn’t a bad thing and shouldn’t be perceived as a bad thing.
Especially in schools, where bullying occurs most, it is vital you know this information.
What I would like you to do is if you ever see a similar affair, document it. In your head not on your screens. It’s fine if you need to write it down somewhere. But think about it and think about what you want to happen in the future. Once you’re done, action is needed. If it’s within work, tell your boss and if it’s within your child’s school, tell their teacher or principal. Even if you just tell your partner or child. Or both.
Gay is not an insult, in very few cases it is an adjective. Sexuality doesn’t define a human and from now on if your using gay as an adjective be sure you’re very, very happy.
I really want to know your opinion on this one.