Right to live and show your sexual preferences in a free way.
You are a teenager feeling sexual attraction to e from the same sex as you ( even for both sexes). So maybe you have to cope, for sure , with the folowing dilemma:
Make it visible ( and coming out): Doing that, you take the risk, at least, of lack of understanding or, even worst: to bear insults, offences and suffer cruel jokes from bully people.
Stay hide: That means to be doomed to invisibility , all the time pretending, suspect for nothing, eventually feeling guilty,
No matter you do, you are afraid to keep out of the world
.However, there are a loto f people as you among your schoolmates r neighbours: Sexual diversity is as normal as life is.
Times are changing… but not enough
The last decade has been crucial to the acknowledgment of equality despite of their sexual preferente. Not to be heterosexual is less a drawback than before for daily life
Althought, for the LGBT teens, that time hasn’t arrived yet. Academic failure, truancy and high risk os social exclusión are some of the problems that LGBT teenagers are suffering day by day. Even more: bullying, assault and suicide attempts are suffered by these youngsters being and feeling different
The whole school staff, principals, teachers, school counsellors and clerks.
must be envolved to change these facts. Respect and diversity should be learnt: get to know further about these subjects ( usually ignored), aids to change attitudes.
Get to respect and be respected is the base of any kind of social behaviour. Specially about the matter we are talking about. Sexual preferente is as your skin: so close to you that no one can separate.
You are not alone. Who can help you?
If you are bullying or you find out anyone in that situation, let it know to the principal, talk to the pupils representatives in order they could take part on the conclict. In case of not be supported you can go to the Ombudsman or their equivalent authority in your region
Get in touch with LGBT NGO’s nearby your place. You can find out where are them:
In the meantime you can share your feelings with any others who are suffering or have suffered the same facts. There are blogs and forums-on.the-net where find help.There they go some suggestions:
Keys to sep in mind:
- Your involvement make the difference. Your silence don’t
- Defence anyone who are bullying
- Don’t participate at massive bullying
- Help to victim to go at a safe place
- Cheer up other witnesses to help
- Ask for and adult person to be on the ground
- Tell the victim you know how he/she is feeling
- Invite the victim to take part on spare time activities.
Written by Qualified Multiplier Eurodesk, Ayuntamiento de Jaca.