Here's an allegedly true story that was posted on reddit by a guy who outed his teacher in a show of revenge, and how that mean decision followed him around for years afterward.
I wanted revenge. I wanted him to feel as uncomfortable as I did. I wanted things to be awkward for him. I decided to start a rumor. It would be easy. It was his first year teaching. No one knew anything about him. Why, exactly, I chose the rumor that he was gay I’ll never know. The memories are too fuzzy. Most likely, it was because of the other way he’d “slighted me.” It wasn’t just the girls in the class that had a crush on him. I did too. That’s some heavy shit for a 13 year old guy to process. Somehow that crush I had was his fault too.
So “he’s gay” was the rumor I settled on. It took very little effort on my part. Just a few “you know what I heard…” type comments in earshot of the school’s biggest gossips. It spread like wildfire.
You can read the entire story here.
And the saddest thing of all is that this kind of mentality is still around today. The shame that is associated with being gay is still there in many places. And that's what needs to change. There should be no such thing as starting a gay rumor and dealing with consequences. It shouldn't matter. No one spreads a rumor that someone is straight and suffers any consequences...at least not in this context.
Kicked Out For Being Gay
Here's the story of a Lebanese man who was kicked out of his home because he's gay.
YouTuber Elias describes himself as “Just a regular degular shmegular Lebanese boy living in Australia,” and he shared his story of being kicked out of his home for being gay, complete with disturbing religious undertones.
You can watch the video here.
Once again, this is what needs to change.
Bisexual Teen Found Dead
Unfortunately, it gets sadder. Here's one about a bisexual teen who was found dead after allegedly telling his mom he was targeted.
19-year-old Nicholas Hawkins made a frantic call to his mother and told her that acquaintance Joshua Adam Reese was trying to kill him. Three days later, Hawkins was found shot to death and Reese was arrested and being held as a person of interest in the crime.
You can check that one out here.
Next time you hear someone say there's not much to do because we won legal gay marriage, relate a few of these stories to them.
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