This I Believe

Robert - Houston, Texas
Entered on February 26, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: respect
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This iBelieve

My name is Robert Valentine B. I am a fifth teen year old 9th grade student at Austin High School. My personal philosophy is that you should not judge or make fun of a person’s sexuality. What I mean by this is that you should not criticize a person because they are bisexual, gay, or a lesbian. Every day there are people that are afraid to say what they are. Most of the time people get picked on because of what they are.

Every time I look around the world I see people treating other people poorly because of their sexuality. Like in some states they don’t allow gay marriages. I see people calling other people “fag” or “lesbo”, all sorts of horrible things. The thing is that people do not see what they are doing; they are making people with a different sexuality feel scared. The reason I say scared is because wouldn’t you feel scared if people start to calling you names or pick on you and there’s no one there to help you.

I know there has been a time in every one’s life where they feel so left out and alone because they are scared and no one will help. Well I can say this about all the people that are bi, gay, or lesbian, one of the main reason they are afraid to come out is because they will feel that people won’t accept them for who they are and then people will start to pick on them in an unpleasant way that will make them feel uncomfortable. How do I know? I know because I see this every day, kids harassing other kids and plus I have friends that are bi, gay, and lesbian. They say I am a good friend because I do not treat them different then before they told me. To me this is ugly, teenagers harassing other kids and for what, their sexuality. Why is it so bad to have a different sexuality, just because their different then another person doesn’t mean they should be treated badly. And it is not only teenagers, like I said before even states don’t allow gay marriages, and to those who do allow it I thank you because that shows that there is hope that someday gay marriages will be allowed in all states.

So what if a person is bi, gay or lesbian they are still people and should be treated like people. Not like some alien from outer space, they didn’t do anything wrong. If a friend ever tells you they have a different sexuality don’t look at them in a different way just remember they are still the same person you knew before they told you.

The whole purpose I wrote this essay is to show people what they are doing or what they might be doing already, just remember people are people no matter what they are or who they are.