On October 20, 2010, I wore a purple shirt and purple Converse sneakers to school. That day, some of my classmates where dressed as superheroes, due to the fact it was spirit week preceding the Homecoming dance that Saturday; but I was supporting an issue I felt strongly about. The issue at hand was the memory of six teenagers who took their lives due to daily harassment because of their sexual orientation.
At the beginning of the week I had gotten a notice, via Facebook event, reading “Wear purple on October 20th for: Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation”. It brought to light that there are innocent teenagers taking their lives because of a lifestyle that they did not choose.
I thought how awful it must be to not be able to be who you want to be because of something you hadn’t even chosen. We take some things like walking down the street holding hands or being able to slow dance at your prom, for granted. What would it be like if we couldn’t have these things? Living in a life where you cannot reach for the stars.
I know that it is important to raise awareness, but unfortunately it is impossible to change everyone. I challenge these people to sit back and think, what would happen if it was them, who did not fit in. I know most of them wouldn’t or it would be hard, because it is difficult to imagine a lifestyle in which you do not live.
I fully support these gestures of compassion and reaching out to these kids in need. Although I am not gay, I have been through a lot when it comes to fitting in. It has never been easy for me to make friends, and given whatever reason… I do not know. This too is a lifestyle, I did not choose.
As far as Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders are concerned, my final piece of advice is to look towards the future. There will soon be someone who loves you, just the way you are. Everyone has a purpose on this Earth, and yours may be to fight and prevail.
Audrie and Daisy AND The Hunting Ground
Audrie and Daisy AND The Hunting Ground.
Part 1 – Exercise: Watch one of these two options: 1) Audrie and Daisy (available on Netflix). 2) The Hunting Ground (available on Netflix) 3) Martin Shkreli – Pharma Bro ( Watch Two Links Below ) or Dirty Money Episode 3 – Drug Short (available on Netflix) Martin Shkreli on Drug Price Hikes and Playing the World’s Villain ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli’s smirk irks c… Part 2 – Brief: Each student will be responsible for finding a conceptual link from their chosen video (above) to any chapter or material presented in the text. This exercise is a bit different than the previous assignments, but this portion should be written in “brief” format. It must contain the following sections: 1) the source (cite the source using APA style – to the best of your ability if you’re using an alternate source); 2) what the main question(s)/point(s) is/are – and how it relates to your topic (a paragraph or two) and an overview of the findings and/or conclusions (probably a couple/few paragraphs). This part of your assignment should be no less than a page and a half and no more than two pages, double spaced. Part 3 – Reflection: This is your opportunity to reflect and share your thoughts and opinions on your chosen topic.
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