I know a lot of people will say “Don’t give in. If you do, the bullies win.”
No. That isn’t how this works.
Keep yourself safe. Don’t endanger yourself for the sake of keeping the bad guys from “winning.”
If you have to pretend to be something you’re not to stay safe, that doesn’t mean you’ve “given in.” It doesn’t make you weak.
If you feel you want to be loud and proud about who you are, I’m glad! You do you!
But if you’re sitting there wondering if maybe you shouldn’t be so obviously you for your safety… I’m telling you, that’s fine. It doesn’t make you a bad person.
Your safety is my number 1 priority. So I’m telling you, do what you need to do in order to feel safe.