I am a high school senior that for a long time did not know what I wanted to do with my life, professionally not to mention personally. I grew up with mixed emotions about who I was attracted to. I based my decisions off of what everyone else was doing and what everyone else liked. I grew up in North Philadelphia, where people like me do not make it to even see the age of 18.
In the part of North Philly I live in, there were 178 homicides that happened back in 2017 alone. Almost half of those people were members of the LGBT community.
I am me; I may be gay, bisexual, or whatever society wants to label me, but I do not really care because my sexuality does not define who I am and I am filled with joy. I do not care what people say about me not being sure what my sexual orientation is and not because I am confused but because I am not that different than you.
I care for life, but I am not sure if I want a wife. I feel like people that are not really sure about their sexual orientation get put in a box or a certain category that they do not belong in. People think it is weird that others do not know by a certain age what they want to be or who they are attracted to. Why do people get so offended and upset about someone else’s sex appeal? The world may never know how I feel, but I do know that I am happy and will not let anyone break me.
Sadly, I am not the only person who has been subjected to being profiled for sexual preference. Recently a couple who was just minding its own business on a flight was subjected to being called many different types of names by some arrogant man. He became “verbally abusive,” one member of the couple said after she leaned in to give her wife a New Year's kiss on the flight while he sat behind them. The couple reported him to Jetstar's behavior review panel for assessment. Nothing was really done, but the couple feels like if it were a straight couple things would have turned out differently. Also, if the passenger's issue with them had their race or skin color or religion, the law would protect them.
Another thing is there is no federal law prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination. This poses a problem because there is a federal law against race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, and disability discrimination but not one for sexual orientation or even homophobia. Like the couple on the airplane ,this make the LGBT community feel like its own government (that that have the “right” to vote for ) cannot even stand up to make them feel like a part of the nation that their tax dollars go to.
In conclusion, I feel like nobody should be ostracized because of sexual preferences and should be able to love and be whomever they want to be and should have protective laws just like everyone else has. I may be different from some other people, but not in the ways that should matter. I have love in my heart and money in my pockets. My life is good and has value. The value of my life should be seen to be the same as the values of heterosexual people’s lives.