Being bullied is mental and physical torture. No sane person would willingly volunteer to become a victim. Every day is filled with the anxiety of what might happen next. It’s hard to get out of bed when you’re anticipating you’ll be verbally or physically attacked later on. Mustering up the courage to leave your house seems impossible when you know there are threats waiting on the other side. Fear consumes your thoughts and affects every decision when you’re a victim of bullying.
This can be a daily struggle for those who dare enough to be different, especially for the younger LGBT community. Being a teenager is already an emotional rollercoaster fueled by insecurities and an overwhelming desire to be accepted by your peers. If you’re a gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender teenager, it can feel like you’ll never fit in. Some end up hiding their true identity out of fear of being excluded or harassed. Those who are brave enough to broadcast their sexual orientation, often have their courageous confidence squashed by bullies.
Could you imagine being bullied just for being you?
When a teen is relentlessly bullied for being different, it can have deadly consequences. Most teenagers don’t have enough confidence to filter out the bully’s cruel behavior and still love themselves regardless of what other people may think (which can be hard for adults to do too).
It is estimated that gay, lesbian and transgender teens are 20 percent more likely to commit suicide and bullying is responsible for most of those tragic deaths. Their heart, mind and natural instinct are telling them one thing and their classmates are aggressively trying to convince them their wrong for feeling the way they do. The peer pressure becomes overwhelming and they begin to resent the fact that they are homosexual or transgender.
As a society, we need to teach the next generation to accept people for who they are and to celebrate each other’s differences. We need to eliminate the pressure to conform and create a safer environment for everyone, especially the youngest members of the LGBT community. No one should ever be bullied for being true to themselves.
Posted with permission by the author as a guest writer
Jenn Sadai is a Canadian author and advocate who’s just crazy enough to think she can change the world. Jenn shares her stories of surviving domestic violence, depression, and workplace bullying in hopes that it will help others cope and heal. She is the author of Dark Confession of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman and Dirty Secrets of the World’s Worst Employee. She will also be publishing her third self-help memoir In July of 2016.
When she’s not trying to reshape societal views on social media, she enjoys writing, running and walking the dogs with her husband. Jenn loves to make new friends and anyone can connect with her through the social media links on her website, www.jennsadai.com.