As you get ready to return to school, you may have some concerns about bullying and being around ignorant assholes in general. I want you all to know there are national, professional groups out there that will help you fight for your rights to an education without harassment. I know that most people don’t want to call attention to themselves by bringing in outside help- filing complaints- or otherwise making noise to demand equality. It isn’t a role that everyone would want to take. I don’t want to force anyone into an uncomfortable situation. But if you see injustice, consider taking a stand. There are people willing to help.
My personal experience with GLSEN is that they prefer to work WITH students to demand their own equality. There are other places that are better choices to fight more on your behalf. They do, GENERALLY, need you to make the complaint and then follow though. This may mean going back to school to see if the school will keep its word to protect you. If they do not, your fight can go forward with their help. But if their lawyers have a chat with your school, and they say they will change, and you don’t give them the chance to prove it, things may never change. I know—- not everyone is up to the fight. But if you can do it- DO IT. Don’t let the bullies, homophobic, racist, transphobic, anti-Semitic, Islamaphobic, or any other people spouting hate keep you from living your life and getting the safe education to which you are entitled.
There is a lot of information on starting a Gay Straight Alliance or Queer Support group at your school. My son started one at his school when he was a junior in high school. It is still going on these 5-6 years later. It has gained in visibility and acceptance, thus helping more kids to come out in safety. Most of the references below have a section on starting a group at your school.
Be safe, be happy, do your best, and demand your rights ♡ ♡ ♡
Here are some place to seek information and get help:
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network)
SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center)
PFLAG (Parents Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays -also include bisexuals, and people who are transgender)