My Queer EssayGay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transqueer, Transsexual, Questioning or QueerMy Queer Essay9 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
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Being anything other then straight is very difficult in our society. If you are attracted to the same gender, or do not identify as the gender you were born in (i.e. Queer), it is hard. That's why queer youth are two to five times more likely to attempt suicide then straight youth. Some may wonder why this is. I have no doubts in my mind. Society tells us that queer is bad; between slurs, stereotypes presented in the media, and harassment, and not having equal rights, the message is clear.
One of my best friends is a young man named Eli. He is openly gay, but at his school, it's made life really hard for him. For an entire year, everyday in PE someone called him "faggot". Everyday the same thing happened over and over. It's this kind of degradation that gets so often ignored. Mean while it slowly chipped away at Eli's self esteem. It also left him feeling unprotected; no one stepped in a