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What Being A Gay Teenager Is Really Like

Submitted by solomon on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 14:56
Image of wrist with rainbow on it saying Pride.
Pic: Flickr Creative Commons / Denise Coronel

This issue is important to me because as a young, gay person I believe that everyone should get the rights they deserve.

We shouldn't be perceived as being 'different'

Why should LGBT+ people get picked on or bullied because we are attracted to the same sex? We are people and shouldn’t be treated as being different. Everyone is equal.

Did you know?

In 1967, homosexual activity was only partially decriminalised, limited to two men above 21 in the privacy of their own home. It took until 2000 for the homosexual age of consent to be equalised with the heterosexual age of consent. It took until 2013 for same-sex marriage to be legalised in the UK.

Makeup

Does makeup have a label on it saying, 'FOR WOMEN ONLY'? There are male public figures who wear makeup for fashion or work in the industry as makeup artists (MUA) such as James Charles, who speaking to the American ABC News, said: "Makeup is becoming genderless and that is totally ok."

Gender and social norms

Being yourself is the main advice we have always been told, so why do we against it? As a gender-fluid young person, I have recently changed my pronouns to they or them because they suit me. I haven’t done it to make people feel uncomfortable. It is hard enough for me to fit in with society.

By Calum