I was bullied because of my sexual orientation back in the 90’s when I was in high school. Today, I’m a 34 year old man, who lives in Upstate New York. I grew up in Tennessee. The bullying left a scar, and I would hate to see any other kid go through what I had to endure! Not one day went by, that I wasn’t accosted by a bully. I endured insults and attacks every single day of high school. It wasn’t only students that bullied me. It was teachers as well.
I will give some highlights of what I had to endure:
I had batteries thrown at me. I was attacked from behind in bathrooms. I recall standing by the sink in the bathroom, and a student kicked me as hard as they could. I was called names, such as, que*r, fa**ot, sodomite, blasphemer and so on. There were so many names, that I can’t possibly recall them all. The VP of the school called me names. I had teachers that insulted me.
I had to drop out of high school because the bullying became overbearing and brutal. I had to go to court because of my absence at school. I sent myself to a psychiatric hospital because of depression, and eventually the bullying forced me to violence. I threatened to bring a gun to school, and kill everyone. However, I’m not a violent person.
I never got to graduate high school because of the bullying. I did get my GED a few years later. I want kids that are being bullied because they are gay to know, that it gets much better. In life, this kind of bullying isn’t as permissible as it is in high school. One of my problems was that I thought life was like high school and I would be bullied all through life. That isn’t the case!
It’s saddening to see gays bullied. In today’s world, it still goes on. No one should ever be treated unequal, just because of sexual orientation. I wish there was more we could do to target bullying. Maybe one day, it will become less. Until then, unfortunately, kids will have to endure this type of inhumanity and humiliation.