Gay-discrimination

Stonewall Riots

“When the first patrol wagon arrived, Inspector Pine recalled that the crowd—most of whom were homosexual—had grown to at least ten times the number of people who were arrested, and they all became very quiet. Confusion over radio communication delayed the arrival of a second wagon. The police began escorting Mafia members into the first wagon, to the cheers of the bystanders. Next, regular employees were loaded into the wagon. A bystander shouted, "Gay power!”, someone began singing “We Shall Overcome”, and the crowd reacted with amusement and general good humor mixed with “growing and intensive hostility”. An officer shoved a transvestite, who responded by hitting him on the head with her purse as the crowd began to boo. Author Edmund White, who had been passing by, recalled, “Everyone’s restless, angry, and high-spirited. No one has a slogan, no one even has an attitude, but something’s brewing." Pennies, then beer bottles, were thrown at the wagon as a rumor spread through the crowd that patrons still inside the bar were being beaten.

A scuffle broke out when a woman in handcuffs was escorted from the door of the bar to the waiting police wagon several times. She escaped repeatedly and fought with four of the police, swearing and shouting, for about ten minutes. Described as "a typical New York butch” and “a dyke–stone butch”, she had been hit on the head by an officer with a baton for, as one witness claimed, complaining that her handcuffs were too tight. Bystanders recalled that the woman, whose identity remains unknown (Stormé DeLarverie has been identified by some, including herself, as the woman, but accounts vary), sparked the crowd to fight when she looked at bystanders and shouted, “Why don’t you guys do something?” After an officer picked her up and heaved her into the back of the wagon, the crowd became a mob and went “berserk”: “It was at that moment that the scene became explosive.” 

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Today, August 24th 2016. There was a school (Tacoma School of The Arts) that went on their annual school camping trip at Black Lake Camp in Olympia Washington. According to many students a trans female student was denied access to the female cabin. The cabin that she tried to enter was assigned to her by staff at SOTA. Shortly after they had a showcase, which they have every night at camp to let the kids express themselves. During this said showcase a young man that attends the school was given the mic for his time on stage. While on the stage he wanted to voices his opinions and speak out for this girl. His microphone was then turned off and the music was turned up to drown out what he was trying to say. From that we know that the school know what they did was wrong. According to many more students the girl was also denied sleeping arrangments in the gender neutral cabins as well. Meaning that this young LADY is being forced to sleep in a cabin with males. This is wrong and needs to be known by the public. That the school we so genuinely praise does not accept all of their students.

39 Tech Execs Sign ‘Historic’ Statement Against LGBT DiscriminationThe Huffington Post 

“The tech industry is coming out strong in support of LGBT rights.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 39 top executives at some of the country’s biggest tech companies signed a joint statement on Wednesday urging lawmakers to add protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to existing anti-discrimination legislation.

“To ensure no one faces discrimination and ensure everyone preserves their right to live out their faith, we call on all legislatures to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to their civil rights laws and to explicitly forbid discrimination or denial of service to anyone,” the statement reads.

Organized by Max Levchin, chief executive of the online financial firm Affirm, the statement includes signatures from such industry heavyweights as Square CEO Jack Dorsey, eBay CEO John Donahoe and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman.

The move comes in the wake of a new law passed in Indiana that allows business owners to refuse to serve LGBT people on religious grounds. Agrowing number of big businessesfrom Apple to the Gap have denounced the law. Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, who also signed the statement, led the charge against Indiana, saying he would cancel all of the company’s non-essential travel to the state.

Under pressure from Walmart and other corporate giants, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson refused to sign a similar religious-freedom bill on Wednesday unless legislators amended it to include protections against LGBT discrimination.

Human Rights Campaign, the nonprofit LGBT rights advocacy group, said it expects more executives to sign on later on Wednesday.

“This unprecedented and historic effort by the giants of the tech industry should be a clarion call to policymakers that discriminating against LGBT people is not acceptable in today’s marketplace of ideas,” Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement. “These leaders have made it clear: if states want high tech jobs, they must put fully inclusive nondiscrimination protections in place immediately.”

Read the full statement here

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Now even white nationalists want gay friends
Some members of the alt-right movement are courting likeminded LGBTQ people who are anti-establishment and racist.

In what at first reads like a biting piece of satire from The Onion, the esteemed Southern Policy Law Center is out with a surprising report that shows the dark side of all the gains LGBTQ Americans have made:

”some white nationalists seem to be engaging in some rainbow coalition building.”

The “Hatewatch Staff,” as they are known, report on the unexpected development by “some” younger, anti-establishment, racist right wing conservatives that have taken the name, the “Alt-Right.” They’re reaching out to find members of the LGBTQ community whose white supremacist views match their own. And lest anyone think it’s impossible for someone in the community to harbor those kinds of attitudes, it should be noted that groups like the Log Cabin Republicans still exist, that Caitlyn Jenner is still a dyed in the wool Conservative, and Peter Thiel is hardly the only out gay Republican in America.

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Indiana Pizzeria Closed, Owners “In Hiding” After Saying They Won’t Cater LGBT Weddings

The internet has unleashed its wrath.

“The Christian owners of a small Indiana pizzeria who became the first to publicly state they would deny catering an LGBT couple’s wedding in the wake of the state’s new and controversial Religious Freedom Law, said the business was forced to close Wednesday after a wave of online criticism and threats.

Shortly after Memories Pizza owners told a local TV station Tuesday that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act would allow them to deny catering a same-sex wedding, 1-star Yelp reviews rolled in denouncing the business.

The owners of the Walkerton, Indiana, pizzeria told ABC 57 that they would not deny service to same-sex couples, or a couple belonging to another religion, but added that they would not cater a same-sex wedding if asked.

“We’re not discriminating against anyone, that’s just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything,” co-owner Crystal O’Connor told the station.

Crystal’s father, Kevin O’Connor, also defended the decision.

“That lifestyle is something they choose,” he said. “I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. Why would I be beat over the head to go along with something they choose?”

In less than a day, thousands of negative reviews were posted on the restaurant’s Yelp page and a fake website with the company’s name was created.

Walkerton Police Department officials told BuzzFeed News that investigators were looking into several threats made against Memories Pizza, including those reported by the owners and posted on social media. At least one case has been forwarded to prosecutors.

Crystal O’Connor, co-owner of Memories Pizza, told The Blaze on Wednesday the restaurant was closed amid the controversy and was unsure when, or if, they would reopen the doors.

“Yeah, we’re in hiding, basically,” O’Connor told Dana Loesch of The Blaze. “Basically staying in the house.”

Asked whether the family was considering moving out of Walkerton, Indiana, because of the reaction, O’Connor said the family had “thought about it.”

At least one tweet from a nearby high school’s golf coach prompted law enforcement to step in.

Concord High School coach Jess Dooley asked Twitter users if they would join her and “burn down” the pizzeria.

The Twitter account has since been deleted, but Concord schools Supt. Wayne Stubbs told ABC 57 Dooley had been suspended until further notice.

But not all of the reaction online was critical of the O’Connors.

A GoFundMe page set up by The Blaze after speaking with the family raised more than $32,000 in four hours.

The fundraising effort drew in supporters of the pizzeria and Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law. More than 800 people donated to the fund.

“We don’t know how long they’re going to stay out of business,” Jones told BuzzFeed News. “It’s supposed to go toward up-keeping their finances.”

After the original goal of $25,000 was reached, Jones said staff at the show decided to continue raising the goal by $5,000 as long as people continued donating.

“One of the concerns the owners raised is this is their only financial income, so they have nothing if they can’t open,” he said.

The money can also go toward the family’s moving costs if they choose to relocate, he said. The show plans to invite the family to the show and present them with the funds.

On Wednesday, news vans crowded Roosevelt Road in Walkerton, Indiana, where the small pizzeria is located. Neighboring businesses told BuzzFeed News the pizza shop had not opened its doors all day.

Read the full piece here

My 2 cents: threats are ALWAYS wrong. Try fighting fire with fire and everything burns. “An eye for an eye makes the world blind.” I’m a pacifist in all cases except self defense, and that store could and would have been handled by financial means.  

This Bill Could Make It Legal To Fire Single Women For Getting Pregnant

This Bill Could Make It Legal To Fire Single Women For Getting Pregnant

Forgetting, I guess, that Bristol Palin is some sort of right-wing role model, Republicans in Congress are putting forth a bill that would allow employers to fire single pregnant women – all in the guise of gay hating religious liberty. The First Amendment Defense Act protects discriminatory companies from being discriminated against in government contracts. The bill only protects businesses…

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In 29 States, You Can Be Fired for Being Gay

All the recent coverage of gay marriage and “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” fails to mention what’s possibly an even bigger issue for LGBTQ people: there’s no federal law banning employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity.

Some states and cities have passed their own laws banning such discrimination, but in 29 states it’s still legal to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise discriminate against someone just because they’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer, and in 34 states it’s legal to do so only because they’re transgender. 

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 States that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. (16 states and D.C.)

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 States that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation alone. (5 states)   (from HRC)

So, if you’re a bartender in Texas and you get a new manager who decides you’re too flamboyant for the more macho image he’s looking for, he can fire you without question.

(If you’re being discriminated against or harassed at work because of your sexuality or gender identity and you do live in a state or city that has a law, you should contact your state’s anti-discrimination office to get more info on enforcing your rights at work)

You might say, “Oh, well there’s no law but I’m sure no one would actually do that. There are other laws protecting people from getting fired for no reason.” Wrong. Unless you’ve got a union contract , you’re an “at-will” employee, meaning your boss can fire you at any time for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all. There’s a small list of things they can’t fire you for–your race, age, sex, disability status, opinion toward a union, etc.–but being LGBTQ isn’t one of them.

If you think anti-gay discrimination at work isn’t a big deal, you’re probably not LGBTQ and you probably work a middle or upper class job. Hotels and restaurants are intensely homophobic, and anyone who works in one hears LGBTQ people harassed and discriminated against daily. I’ve heard “fag” said more in kitchens than anywhere else.

Consider one study from the American Journal of Sociology. Two almost identical resumes were sent to around 1700 entry-level job openings. The only difference between the resumes is that one mentioned the applicant belonged to a gay organization in college, while the other listed an unoffensive organization as a control. The results showed that the resumes with the gay organization received a 7.2% callback rate, while those without the organization got an 11.5% callback rate. The difference in callback rates was much higher in states without anti-discrimination laws, like Texas, Ohio, and Florida. Remember: that difference occurred only from casually listing being a member of a gay organization. You can imagine how much greater the gap is when an interviewer decides an applicant “seems gay." 

In another study, the National Center for Transgender Equality conducted a national survey and found that 90% of transgender people harassment, mistreatment, or discrimination on the job.

And a heartbreaking example from the Human Rights Campaign:

KIMYA Michigan

"Kimya has a master’s degree in social work and nearly two decades of experience in the field. She was the manager of a unit of a long-term care facility for sufferers of Alzheimer’s and dementia. She enjoyed her job, and was good at it, but suffered through nearly a year of threatening messages, vandalism to her car and slurs uttered in the halls. In 2003, she was fired, her supervisors telling her, "This would not be happening if you were not a lesbian.” Kimya sought out legal help, but quickly learned that nothing in Michigan law protected her from being fired because of her sexual orientation.“

There’s a bill in congress right now, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), that would ban discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity. In fact, it’s been proposed in congress every year (except once) since 1994 and has somehow been shot down every time. The current EDNA bill has been expanded to include protections for transgender people and has been proposed in the house by Rep. Barney Frank and in the senate by Jeff Merkley. 

Laws don’t end discrimination. Discrimination based on race and sex obviously continues despite laws against it. But the law gives us another tool, and we need every tool we can get.  

Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford came under fire last week for opposing ENDA and similar state bills. He stated that he believed you should be able to be fired for your sexuality because "it’s a choice issue.” In a later interview he clarified his position, adding, “I just don’t think you [should] have special protections based on behavior.” You can send a message to Rep. Lankford here.

5 Immediate Examples of Backlash to Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’

Major businesses and sports organizations are reconsidering their investments in Indiana after the governor signed a so-called license to discriminate bill into law.

“It didn’t take long for the backlash to begin after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law at a private ceremony today. The response was swift, forceful, and ongoing — as the statements below demonstrate.

Supporters of the new law — including the governor — claim that the RFRA strengthens and protects the free expression of religion, but opponents have consistently blasted the law as a thinly veiled effort to give businesses and individuals a “license to discriminate” against LGBT people, and anyone else who somehow offends a person’s sincerely held religious belief.

“The Indiana General Assembly and Governor have sent a dangerous and discriminatory message with this new law,” said the Human Rights Campaign’s legal director Sarah Warbelow in a statement today. “They’ve basically said, as long as your religion tells you to, it’s OK to discriminate against people despite what the law says. This new law hurts the reputation of Indiana and will have unacceptable implications for LGBT people and other minorities throughout the state. Astoundingly, Indiana representatives ignored the warnings of businesses and fair-minded Hoosiers, and now business owners and corporations are forced to consider other options when looking at states to invest in.”

Read the full piece here

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Racism & Rainbows: How Neo-Nazis Are Flirting With The LGBT Community
White nationalists are increasingly targeting LGBT groups nationwide.

On a website owned by a prominent white nationalist, you can buy Confederate battle flags, “Don’t Tread On Me” Gadsden patches, and other items often associated with the white power movement. You can also buy a big, rainbow LGBT pride flag. A neo-Nazi hocking LGBT pride swag on his website Patriot-Flags.com doesn’t seem to make sense—the white nationalist movement generally aligns rather closely with extreme and homophobic Christianity. But observers believe it’s part of a broader strategy in the white nationalist movement to court those in the homosexual community.

“Following the shooting deaths of 49 people at an LGBT club in Orlando, Fla., some white nationalists saw an opportunity to prey upon fear within the LGBT community to foment Islamophobia,” the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and National Socialist Movement, wrote in a post last week. A street artist who previously created anti-LGBT and anti-Muslim posters quickly seized on Orlando’s mass shooting by creating rainbow-colored Gadsden flags with the hashtag #ShootBack and plastered them all over West Hollywood, home to a large LGBT community in Los Angeles. The artist said he wanted to send a message to the gay community that they can defend themselves. A similar flag appears on Patriot-Flags.com.

The neo-Nazi selling LGBT merchandise is Kyle Rogers, a leader of the Council of Conservative Citizens who ran the organization’s website until last year. The CCC made headlines in 2015 when some of its racist ideology was referenced in the manifesto of Dylann Roof, who allegedly murdered nine people at a predominantly black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Taco John's Employee Forced To Wear 'Gaytard' Name Tag

Taco John’s Employee Forced To Wear ‘Gaytard’ Name Tag

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Living as an LGBT teen in the more rural parts of America has to be tough. They often find themselves treading hostile waters at school and maybe even at home, but what if the bullying comes from your boss?

16-year-old Tyler Brandt was forced by his manager to wear a name tag that said, “Gaytard,” and the night manager allegedly loudly referred to Brandt as “Gaytard” during…

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“i don’t want to be grouped with my oppressors, cishets” bruh okay then i guess i can’t be lumped with white people in the lgbt+ community since im a poc, i can’t be lumped with cis people in the lgbt+ community because im trans, i can’t be lumped with neurotypicals in the lgbt+ community because im mentally ill.

gay white people are discriminated against for being gay, but not for their race. but the asian gay person standing next to them is. they’re still in the same community because they share one trait of oppression. that white gay person still has privilege, and systematically oppresses that asian gay person by default. but that doesn’t stop them from being in the same community, the lgbt+ community, together.

so? my point is stop using that argument to justify your hate for aces. stop.

How Can Gay Asian Men Conquer Internalized Inferiority?

How Can Gay Asian Men Conquer Internalized Inferiority?

by Joseph Erbentraut
EDGE Contributor

Last week, the first of this three-part series addressed anti-Asian bias and racism within the LGBT community – particularly how “sexual racism” (in the terminology of gay activists) manifests itself for queer Asian men within an alpha male-obsessed dating pool. Facing a gluttony of derogatory stereotypes and misconceptions, many gay Asians struggle to find confidence, a community and romantic connections.

While gay Asian activists have made great strides in recent years, major obstacles to progress remain firmly entrenched in the LGBT community. Only some of them may include the external influences of the broader community discussed in part one.

Owing to the power of years of anti-Asian bias within both the LGBT community and society as a whole, the feeling of being “less than” has been directed inward for many gay Asian men. This makes organizing for change all the more challenging amid such internalized racism evident, as well as the language barriers that can impede outside acceptance of this vast and varied sub-community within the gay world. In this article, we more closely examine how these “internal” obstacles’ impact on the experiences of gay Asian men.

Note: In the interest of coherence and brevity, our story focuses on men within the Asian and Pacific Islander (or API) communities whose heritage takes root in Eastern nations of the sprawling continent including but not limited to China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. Queer men from other parts of the continent, as well as women and transgender people, encounter social stigmas and experiences largely unique to their identity groups, though some overlap is to be expected. Still, for the purposes of this article, I have restricted myself to the Pacific Rim and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand), which does not include ethnicities of the Indian Subcontinent.


Obstacles to Organizing
The community – gay Asians and Asian-Americans in general – was galvanized by an offensive Details Magazine article titled “Gay or Asian?” in 2004, which managed to equate being an Asian man stereotypical feminine gay qualities. After that protest, which was successful in getting the men’s magazine to admit blame, queer Asian men bolstered their efforts nationwide to combat anti-Asian racism and bring their sub-community together. 

Groups like New York’s Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY), Chicago’s Asians and Friends, and dozens of others have flourished in their efforts to foster a safe space for gay Asians engaging with their heritage in a queer-positive, non-fetishized ways.

GAPIMNY has been particularly hard at work as of late. They’ve initiated a project earlier this month to collect reports of discriminatory nightclub admissions policies, which spokesman Jason Tseng says are “on the rise” as some club promoters seem to fear a “white flight” from their clubs when men of color begin to show up. 

The group’s goal is to ultimately bring the reports to the owners and managers of clubs that have discriminated against Asian men. The group also has made inroads of garnering queer visibility in mainstream Asian spaces by participating in this year’s the Lunar New Year parades, held in the traditional urban Chinatowns.

“The Details mobilization was a big move for us in the Asian community, because we have tended to shy away from being overtly political,” Tseng told EDGE. “But I think it’s important for queer Asian men to be connected with other queer Asian men for that sense of critical mass and having that safe space to meet, check in and support each other politically and socially.”

But organizing is not necessarily easy for a sub-community that’s been deeply “programmed” to feel inferior, according to Angel Abcede, spokesman for Asians and Friends Chicago, a group that sponsors gay-targeted monthly dim sum events and other gatherings. He said a lot of work has yet to be done in undoing the internalized racism gay Asian men experience.

“A lot of these issues are self-imposed because you have to accept you’re not good enough for someone else to have any power over you. You can enslave yourself to these vestiges or you can do things that will start and break them down,” Abcede said. “I think we can pull out of this, but we have to do so actively and with commitment. A lot of us are glamoured and don’t understand that. We’re living under a spell.”

What Attracts a ’Rice Queen’? (& Vice Versa)

One dimension of that spell is what Tseng describes as the “paranoia” he’s felt attempting to cultivate a romantic attachment with an Anglo that doesn’t feel steeped in exoticism – the notion that some men, described as “rice queens” in the gay world, are only interested in dating Asians as part of a sort of geisha man-on-man fantasy. It’s a paranoia so pernicious he says it can contribute to a competitive feeling toward other gay Asians as well.

“It’s a very difficult line to walk to find a partner who is not a fetishist, overly attracted to your culture or race to the point where it supersedes the other characteristics of your person and it can be really exhausting emotionally,” Tseng said. 

“That air of suspicion can not only directed toward white or non-Asian men, but it was also directed against other Asian people in terms of who would be able to snag the one-in-a-million white guy who is non-problematic and genuinely interested in you,” he continued.

“Even the men who say they like Asian men usually like Asian men for all the wrong reasons – the stereotypes of gay Asian men being more submissive, a docile femininity,” admitted Chong-suk Han, a leading researcher of anti-Asian racism within the LGBT community. “So it’s not a great honor for these sorts of guys to say they ’prefer Asians.’”

The feeling of being in competition with other men also makes it difficult for many gay Asian men to build friendships and bond with each other, and ultimately manifests itself in the choice of many to avoid dating other Asians.

Patrick Cheng, an assistant professor of Historical & Systematic Theology at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., who writes on queer API issues sees a direct linkage between that choice, the broader LGBT community’s cold shoulder to people of color and the feelings of inferiority many men internalize.

“We take in this message that we’re not as good or attractive and it gets translated into feeling bad about ourselves or preventing ourselves from seeing other APIs as being attractive too,” Cheng told EDGE. “When the message is sent that the queer API community is just not welcome or is not as attractive, you have to de-program yourself from everything you’ve learned." 

The Language Barrier
Language also presents an important factor in organizing efforts for queer Asian men, as the resources offered by the vast majority of LGBT organizations, API-centric groups included, are produced only in English. According to the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s 2008 report on LGBT Asians, only 50 percent of survey respondents indicated English was their native language, which means a barrier to pertinent information may also be a factor for many members’ ability to connect with a group.

Further, language barriers reinforce the differences in experiences of many gay Asian-Americans and Asian immigrants. It is a matter Tseng said is often not addressed by LGBT groups, many of whom do not have the resources available to produce materials and create programming covering the vast array of languages Asian men speak.

"Gay Asian men who may not necessarily speak English are even more underserved than those who speak the language well,” Tseng said. “Not only do you face the obstacle of pure racism, but also the xenophobia of that language barrier and that is often overlooked.”

Jonipher Kwong, director of API Equality Los Angeles, a coalition that works toward progress on LGBT issues within Asian communities, also emphasized having strong English language skills is a major factor in many gay Asian mens’ sense of confidence within the dating scene and other facets of life.

“Many guys feel the better one’s English proficiency is, the better the likelihood of getting a white partner, as if that’s the ideal situation,” Kwong described. “This poses problems for our self image and feeling of desirability or even what’s erotic or beautiful or what isn’t. There’s a perception that there’s glass ceiling here to break through in order to get a job, date and find a partner.”

But through the work of groups like GAPIMNY and AFC, not to mention community role models including activist Lt. Dan Choi, actor George Takei and comedian Alec Mapa, just to name a few, gay Asian mens’ glass ceiling has been showing more and more cracks in recent years. And while the battle is certainly far from over, it seems our community are stepping in a more progressive direction.

In the final part of this series, running next week, we examine the impact the Internet, and specifically online dating and social networking, has had on gay Asian mens’ experiences of racism. Pointing toward possible solutions will be a discussion of what efforts can and have been made by a growing number of activists and allies to create a more supportive environment for gay Asian men.

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-titles of drama

"Da-veed"

Something happened today that really bothered me. I am putting this in all bold because I want someone to read this. 

At school, There is this boy in my sixth period named David but he also likes being called David but pronounced like this: “Dah-veed”. Anyways, David is a little out there. He is very flamboyant and very out going. likes to sing and dance to Shakira in the middle of class and at inappropriate times.  As you can tell David isn’t like most kids at school and that is okay. On the first day of school, Sixth period- We had to partner up for a “get to know me” project. Everyone excluded him and laughed whenever he said something (he kind of talks like Elmer Fudd. Says his R’s with W’s and all that). Whenever he asked the teacher a question, you could hear giggles all over the room.  He did not come back the next day and that made me sad, I hoped he did not leave the class because the other children were being mean. He came back a week later and I was so happy. Whenever no one would talk to him, I made it a point to include him and talk to him. He was nice so far from what I had known. After school that day there were theatre try outs, He had no group to audition with so before he could look lost or anything I invited him to audition with me. I got into both plays and he got into none. He was really nice about it though, and I highly appreciated that. 

Until today. 

Today, I was talking to my friend Katelyn that sits next to me in sixth period. We decided to talk about god, I told her I am pansexual and all that and we talked. She told me she thinks I am a wonderful person, and that she believes god loves everyone; God even loves me. I knew this already but it was nice to hear it come from someone religious. David was sitting in the seat infront of Katelyn and over heard some what of what we were saying, he turned around and asked what we were talking about. Shamelessly I told him about how we were talking about god and how we do not believe god will smite me for being me (pansexual).  All of a sudden he started screaming bible verses at me and saying I will burn in hell for all eternity. He got so in my face, I had not been discriminated like that since my freshman year. I am now a senior. I started crying and called my mom. my brother came to see me and give me a hug before my play rehearsal started. I could not stop crying. I could not believe a kid that was bullied that I stood up for was now bullying me. 

If you don’t know what pansexual is, its just that if I meet someone and they have a great personality and we have a connection then that is that. I don’t pay attention to whats below the belt.