how witty is that title XD
anyway, my speech is done, and for anyone who has the time I'd love to have you read it and tell me what you think.
and if you do end up reading it, PLEASE don't be afraid to be brutally honest!! I want to know if i fucked up anywhere or if something needs to be reworded or if you think I should add/remove anything
ooooooh!!! she's gay?! look at him!! hes such a fag!!
Honourable Judges, Ladies and Gentlemen, Fellow students. Being gay is not a choice a person has, and it is not a bad thing, and this world needs to start accepting that fact.
So far my life has been that of an average teenager: good friends, normal high school, loving family. But since grade 5 the hapiness I have let out has been a big show. I remember that around that time a few of the other boys were getting girlfriends. My friends and I would talk about girls, and they all wanted to get to know them, and eventually become their boyfriend. Not me. This was around this time that I started to question if I was, in fact, gay. I went home and got on the computer, and searched. There were, in fact other boys and girls like me. I found out they were part of something called the LGBT community. The instant I realized that I could possibly be gay, I fell into pieces. I felt as if my life had come crashing down. I prayed to God, to not let it be true, as I knew the ridicule, pain and suffering I knew I would have to go through.
The years went by, and this thought sat in the back of my head. I supressed it and I refused to tell anyone about how I was feeling. But on June second of last year, I joined an art site where I posted my drawings. One year and 22 days after I joined I met my best friend, Reschele. She admired my work and I admired hers. It wasn't long before I felt I could tell her anyting. And I did. Ever since then she has given me all the support I could ask for, along with Noah, Dave, Luna, Rebecca, and many others, They have made my life much better. While I was making this speech, I was scared. I was scared to lose the friends I had. I was scared that the respect people had for me would disappear. But now, I will have to find out who my true friends really are, because a true friend will stick by your side, rain or shine.
Many people think that homosexuality is wrong. The main reason being religion. In multiple religions homosexuality is severely frowned upon, especially in Christianity. Some see it as un-natural and disgusting, but finding love is not disgusting. Love is a natural human emotion, no matter who it is for. A university in Georgia USA forces all of their employees to sign a lifestyle choice pledge, and in that pledge it states that they must reject homosexuality, pre-marital sex, and adultery. This university prevents the employees from living the life that they want, and if they don't conform they are fired. Some even view it as offensive to suggest that it was God that made us this way, but we did not have a choice. We did not have a choice any more than the colour of our skin. In other religions, it is alright to have these feelings, but not show them.
Many people, like myself, were afraid to show their true colours because of what others would think. They are scared of what their family and friends would think. Scared that their reputation would be ruined and their respect would be lost. But a real friend stays with you, and you would probably make even more friends to support you. There are lots of videos on youtube about how teens told they were gay, and in almost every one of them their friends and family was supporting. The most moving for me was a 16 year old guy from the UK named Jamie. I watched his videos and gained a deep perspective of what it was like for him, and how much better his life is now that everone knows. This teen was almost stabbed to death, and then he tried to kill himself. Luckily he did not succeed, and he still regularily posts videos. However he is not the only teenager to attempt suicide, unfortunaly not all of the others were so lucky and lived.
Society in general has come a long way. While there are still many people who believe it is wrong, the amount of people suopporting the LGBT community are growing. More and more gay pride parades are being held, and even straight people are participating, just to show support. The media are picking up on this, and are reporting more and more on these festivals, in a positive manner. Times are obviously changing, because, according to an American poll, 52% of people over 50 years old, and 68% of people under 50 think homosexuality should be accepted. The newer generations are becoming more and more accepting of people the way they are, so in a few more years homophobia could be next to abolished.
Homosexuality is not wrong, and it is a good thing to show your true colours. Religion has a strong oppionion on homosexuality, and I respect that. Many teens are afraid to show their true colors for fear of being judged, even though they dont have a choice in their sexuality. Media is helping spread word that homosexuality is not bad, and slowly more and more people are starting to accept us for what we are: normal people. Wether it be sexuality, likes or dislikes, or even a hidden talent, never be afraid to show your true colours.