The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has determined that LGBTQ (Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) teens are 30-40% more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual teens. This is a trend that has been shrinking in recent years, but we need to be the generation to put a stop to LGBTQ shaming and discrimination. Many people in our parents’ generation shame these lifestyles because they think they’re wrong, unnatural, or because they simply don’t understand them. However, we live in an ever changing society and the people in it need to be able to adjust.
There is no reason why LGBTQ people should be discriminated against and even killed for simply existing in this world. It seems these days that the main reason that people don’t accept LGBTQ lifestyles is because homosexuality is defined as a sin in the bible.
However, if these people are going to obey that piece of scripture literally, then shouldn’t they also obey Deuteronomy 22 which states: “If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die.
” Few of our parents or us would insist that cheating is a crime punishable by death. According to the NCAVP (National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs), people who identify as transgender are 28% more likely to experience physical violence than those who are gender normative. Every person deserves to be able to live a life free of fear from discrimination. A national study of high school students showed that nearly 60% of teens today identify as LGBTQ.
More than 30% of the students interviewed said that there had been at least one day in the past month that they didn’t go to school because of safety concerns. This is something that we need to be fixing. This issue is always present and we, the students, need to be working to make a more accepting and understanding environment in our community and schools. We need to start spreading awareness about the fact that these people didn’t choose to be LGBTQ; it’s who they are. Anyone who doesn’t understand this concept needs to be asked, “When did you choose to be straight?”