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October 31, 2016

LGBTQ: Acceptance not Hatred

by Ericka Laurinaria

Did you know that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death between the ages of 10 to 24 of young people? What if I told you that the suicide attempts is 4 times greater in the LGBTQ community and 2 times greater for the questioning youth than the straight youth. That’s the problem today with the hatred towards the LGBTQ community.  

All these people in the community just want to do is fit in and there are still many people who are still shaming them for who they are. Whether they came out as Lesbian, Gay,Bisexual, Transgender, they’re still human and they deserve to be respected.  The most recent of attacks earlier this year on June 12th 2016 in Orlando FL within a gay club,shows exactly how this world can be towards LGBTQ people. During the shooting, 49 people were shot and 53 were wounded.  The hate against the LGBTQ community has gotten really harsh and the amount of hatred spreading is just the kind of world that I feel like many of us are trying to get out of.  Ever since the legalization of same-sex marriage back in 2015, during the month of June, it seems like the hatred of  LGBTQ people has increased rather than decreased. At Champaign Centennial High School, The Centinal spoke to an LGBTQ student who wished to remain nameless for identity protection.

How do you feel the hate can affect LGBTQ people?

It feels  like the hate can lead to more suicides within the LGBTQ community.

How has the hate affected you?

There has not been any hate directly specifically towards me, but I know that the hatred towards us as a community can affect all of us, not just an individual.

What should we do to lower the hate?

We should teach our kids of the future generation that sometimes a man loves a man, a woman loves a woman, a man can love men and women, a woman can love men and women and that a man can want to be a woman and a woman can want to be a man, but that is still okay and they are still people who should be respected and not treated like someone below us.

Do you have a message to someone receiving hate?

Yes, if you are reading this and can feel hatred, just remember that we love you for you and you are not alone in the battle  to be accepted for who you are.

 

If you or someone you know feels unsafe at Centennial High School due to who you or they are, just know you are not alone. There are many places to go in order to feel safer. You can go see someone in the Freshman/Sophomore or Junior/Senior center. and our own Ms. Ondine Gross was once a part of Gay-Straight Alliance.   You can also join GSA (Gay Straight Alliance), which has meetings on every other Thursday at 7:30am in room 104.

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