teenage conservative

Tyler and Josh On Gay Marriage

Recently a few online friends and I got into an argument over twenty one pilots. He kept on saying that they were homophobic and didn’t support gay marriage, and I got a bit sad. Because, on the surface, they might seem that way. They haven’t made a statement on twitter about the legalization of gay marriage, they haven’t taken a part in many large scenes that relate to lgbtq communities, and overall haven’t said much.

But, here’s something you need to understand.

When I was younger, my grandmother convinced me that I was christian and to believe in god, gay is bad, etc etc. However, when I got into middle school I began to think for myself, and realized that being gay wasn’t wrong. This was about the time I came out as pansexual. Luckily for me, my mother, brother, and sister, are not christian and all supported me through my acceptance.

Now, look at Tyler and Josh.

They were both raised by extremely conservative christian families, and they grew up with the whole anti-gay perspective. I mean, Josh wasn’t even allowed to listen to Green Day as a teenager. That’s how conservative his house is.

Now, look at this post that tyler uploaded to his instagram:

I showed this to my friend and he interpreted it as Tyler calling gay rights, and thus, the lgbtq+ community, a burden.

This is not true.

Tyler was going through some hard times when this post came about, and was struggling with his own mental battles. The burden that he was referring to wasn’t gay people, but the backlash of his family that would follow him coming out about his support of gay marriage. Because, like my grand mother, being gay is just as bad as supporting gay rights in their eyes. We all know that Tyler is a mama’s boy and loves his family, and if he were to make a formal statement supporting the community on twitter then his family would see it. Right now I think that it is clear that when gay marriage was legalized, Tyler and Josh were torn between their conservative family views and their own progressive views. This is common in some christian households, and I went through it myself, but on a much lesser scale.

Basically, Tyler and Josh do support and love the community, but they cannot come out about it because it would make a rift between themselves and their families.

Also, here’s this:

You know you’re getting old when you find yourself complaining about kid these days but…

So many tumblr teenagers are bizarrely conservative. It’s surreal to see teenagers acting more puritan than my Republican grandma about ~innocent children coming across Bad Influences on the Internet~.
Like,  teenagers are demanding to be infantilised and treated like delicate flowers who cannot be trusted to read Dangerous Fiction lest it upset them and sully their pure minds?
It’s like that cow from The Restaurant at the End of the Universe who wants to be eaten.

anonymous asked:

I really hate how everyone thinks that all Taylor Swift fans are white woman who are Trump supporters (that are also really conservative)and teenager girls. That first stereotype type really bothers because I haven't seen one Taylor Swift blog on Tumblr that supports Trump. To be honest the only time I saw a Taylor Swift fan that was a Trump supporter was once on twitter. People also forget Taylor has a large international appeal, so I'm sure not all of her fans white.

honestly the people who say that either are just saying it because they have nothing else to throw at her, or they’re just naive as fuck. like firstly with the whole trump/conservative thing, personally speaking i’m probably one of the most liberal people ever, and 95% of all swifties ive met are also liberal… that stereotype probably originated bc she started in country and country fans tend to be more conservative, but the fact that people still think that is just ridiculous. and you’re right with the whole international thing, but also like… america isn’t just a country with white people in it, and i know sooooooo many swifties from all different cultural backgrounds, so again that whole stereotype is just ridiculous and naive, and honestly really problematic to associate a fandom with a single race and (highly problematic) political view, especially when the large majority of the fandom doesn’t fit it. 

honestly it’s wild to think about how straight people experience the world in such a fundamentally different way than i do. i was texting my straight friend the other night & i mentioned having a lot of experience being “selectively truthful” & she had no idea what i meant. i had to explain to her that it’s a necessity that comes with being a gay teenager in an extremely conservative town like it genuinely didn’t occur to her that that’s something i pretty quickly had to learn to do. it’s never been a concern to her so she’s never had to think about it before, while i’m out here very carefully
choosing what to say, how to dress, how to act, etc every day out of fear for my safety. idk just something i’ve been thinking about u know

What I mean when I post something like „Fuck Gender Norms“.

an essay

If you follow me on my social media profiles, epecially my tumblr, you might have noticed my stand on gender norms. Whether it is a post with pictures of an editorial with a beautiful boy in a glamourous evening gown or - less ambiguous - a post that merely reads „Fuck Gender Norms“.

 Regarding the reblogs and notes of these posts, most of tumblr is onto this and getting the whole issue. However, it has happened more than once that someone asked me whether I „didn’t want to be a boy anymore“ after I posted something like that.

 Before I continue, in defence of all my transgender friends, I want to correct sayings like „you want to be a girl/boy?“ and tell you that it is better to ask whether someone „IS a boy or a girl“ (IF in any case you really feel the need to ask which can be already rude, at least use the right question). Being transgender and deciding to get gender-conforming surgery or starting a hormone treatment isn’t like wanting a new handbag or a pair of new shoes. Neither is it a trend or „cool at the moment“ - although mainstream media thinks it’s pretty cool and trendy to write about it right now. Plus you can be transgender without getting any surgical operation.

 Gender is an identity.

 Gender is a part of everyone’s identity. Whether you are aware of it or not.

However, in our society gender is still too seen often as binary and not as a spectrum. On the day you are born, there is someone you don’t know and will never meet again who assigns your gender and decides if you are a boy or a girl merely depending on your sex. No one will probably ever ask you after that again if you identify as a boy or a girl. Maybe that’s somehow excusable because in most cases the assigned gender is the gender you are identifying yourself with, which still doesn’t mean that it is right that you are never asked again.

There’s a beautiful distinction in the English language that makes it pretty easy to see the difference between „gender“ and „sex“ because these two different things have two different words. I don’t know about other languages, but in German there is only one word for it – „Geschlecht“. To be able to describe the difference we have adapted the word „gender“ here. Gender is your identity whereas sex is merely your biological body.

If you are assigned the gender „boy“ because you have a penis and testicles and you identify yourself as a boy, you call that cis-gender. Same goes for „girl“ because of your vagina and ovaries.

Good for you; That’s the norm in our society and you can consider yourself privileged. Still, this fits perfectly into our society’s binary gender definition and doesn’t deal in any way with the spectrum that gender is. Society has its problems with spectrums and fluidity of identities because it is so much easier to deal with a world that is black and white. That’s also the reason why prejudice and streotypes exist. It’s just so much easier to deal with it that way. No matter if you talk about gender or sexuality.

Gender norms are the result of people thinking in binary gender identities and gender stereotypes. You have both physical and personal characertistics that people regard as „traditional masculine or feminine“. These gender norms dictate which behaviour is appropriate and acceptable according to our gender:

Girls wear skirts, have long hair and smooth skin, should behave well and take care of children, be soft and tender. Boys wear pants, cut their hair short, aren’t supposed to groom their body hair, are wild and loud and provide.

From the day we are born we are supposed to fit into these stereotypes and act like them.

 When I was a little boy, I loved playing both with dolls and cars. Most children don’t care about grown-ups telling them that dolls are for girls and cars are for boys. Well, I didn’t and why should I have? My father, the patriarch of our family, was the one who was upset and fighting with my mother about the toys I wanted to play with. He didn’t care about the fact that dolls made me as happy as cars. I’m glad at least my mother did.

However, I didn’t realise that at the age of 7 but it subconsiously made me question my identity and wonder if something „was wrong with me“. When my parents got divorced, I even thought that it might have been my fault because they have been fighting about the toys I was playing with quite frequently. Nowadays I know that their divorce had nothing to do with me but I am sure there are many children who are forced to go through similar experiences.

It isn’t 1995 any more and I have already outgrown my days as an introverted, self-conscious teenager in the conservative South of Germany but many things could have been so much easier for me if I knew then what I know now.

I identify as a boy.

It is okay that I identify as a boy and wear my hair long and dye it blonde.

It is okay that I identify as a boy and like to wear make up.

It is okay that I identify as a boy and feel pretty in a dress.

It is okay that I identify as a boy and embrace my feminine chatarcter traits.

Fuck yeah, it is okay! It’s even great!

 I identify as a boy but still feel like a girl sometimes. That’s okay too. And there is not the tiniest reason to feel ashamed for it. Does that make me gender-fluid? I don’t know.

 All I know is that this is my life and my identity and I am not backing down because some people feel uncomfortable around me or get confused.

 I’m not changing because of someone else’s confusion and neither should you. That’s what I mean when I say „Fuck Gender Norms“.

Finally Came Out! -a teenage girl with conservative parents.

Not only are my parents conservative, they’re Roman Catholic. Well so am I but not the point. Catholosism is known to be very firm against gays. So coming out to my parents was definitely going to be tough.

I told my mom first. And there was a lot of hugging and crying and she’s actually more liberal with stuff than my dad is. I told my mom to kind of prepare myself for telling my dad, who I knew was not going to be okay with me being bi, and definitely not okay with me having a girlfriend.

I cried out of nervousness on the bus to school today. I was terrified and worried because my mom said I couldn’t act on any lesbianish impulses until I came out to my dad. And I wasn’t afraid my dad would hate me as much as I was afraid he’d say I couldn’t go out with Lauren (that’s my girlfriend’s name). And so every time I looked at her, I only saw what would happen if my dad denied me my happiness. When I saw her smile, I thought, “that kind of smile will only be a friend smile tomorrow” and as I squeezed her hand tight, I shed a tear thinking “this could be the last time I ever do this.”

I was a wreck all day. I was nervous, but all of my friends wished me luck as I drove home with my mom.

Then, as I walked inside, my dad said all his usual hellos and and asked if anything noteworthy happened to me today. I told him that besides my bio teacher getting sick and my hometown teacher bringing doughnuts, that I had (and I phrased it like this so I wouldn’t get asked the question WHY HAVENT YOU TOLD ME BEFORE NOW) “Found out that my friend likes me.”
He said, “Who?”
“Lauren”
“She likes girls?”
“Yes”
“And do you like her back?” My dad asked me.
“Y-y- well y-yes”
“Cool”
“Cool?” I asked in disbelief. I had braced myself for a lecture that never came.
“Yeah I kinda think you’re a little young to be sure, but I’ll love you no matter what.”

SO THAT IS THE STORY. BOTTOM LINE, DO NOT BE AFRAID TO TELL YOUR PARENTS. I WAS TERRIFIED ALL DAY AND I WAS SO AFRAID MY DAD WOULD YELL AT ME AND I WOULD BE FORCED TO BE STRAIGHT FOREVER. BUT THAT IS NOT THE CASE. SO NO MATTER HOW CONSERVATIVE YOUR PARENTS ARE, IF THEY LOVE YOU, I AM 100% SURE THEW WILL SUPPORT YOU.


Thank you very much for sharing your story, I’m sure a lot of people will appreciate it, I’m happy everything went well for you! :3
With love,
               Bi-Positive. 

anonymous asked:

Why does it suck?

It sucks being a conservative teenager because my young, idealistic classmates associate the Republican Party with rich white men, which is far from the truth. They are so naive and base their opinions off of social issues, not everything else the Democratic Party stands for (which I 100% don’t agree with). I’ve watched the news my entire life and have a valid opinion, independent of my parents’ beliefs. People also assume that I belief in conservative ideals has to do with the fact that I live in a small, affluent town and that I am “too sheltered.” Again, my beliefs are based off of what I watch on tv, read online, my family’s business, my father going to war. It also sucks being a conservative in a classroom setting because I believe in the Bible and God’s plans for our lives. In high school, religion “isn’t cool.” It’s a lot cooler to believe in science and being the director of your own life instead of believing that we all have a greater plan. I can’t express my belief in Republican ideals because I am too sheltered and follow the Bible. It really really sucks.

Fic Title: Jonathan Unruh

Fandom: Glee

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/7723831/chapters/17603965

Word count: 104,028

Summary:

Jonathan Unruh is a teenager in a conservative Mennonite community that practices plain dress, simple living, separation from the world, and radical pacifism. In a culture that expects him to get baptized and married to a member of the opposite sex after high school, falling in love with a boy named Seth Groening is not part of the plan.

When Jonathan’s school choir goes to sing at a glee club competition in Lima, Ohio, he starts exploring the small city and its gay (and gay-friendly) community. For the first time, he has friends he can be out to. But he can’t quite leave his Mennonite-i-ness behind.

Based on a rough draft also on AO3 that’s described as “A Glee WIP about a gay guy from the Mennonite group that competed against the New Directions at the 2012 Sectionals. In which Lima is some people’s Hell and other people’s salvation.”

Characters: Original Male Character(s), Original Female Character(s), members of the New Directions (Season 4), Sebastian Smythe, David Karofsky

THANKS TO: Fabulous betas ( @jazzypizzaz , @snarkyhag , @nadiacreek ) and an amazing artist (@mypopculturesummer ) who kept telling me it was a story worth telling. Their feedback (and the @wipbigbang deadline) encouraged me to keep going.

abcnews.go.com
Bindi Irwin to Compete on 'Dancing With the Stars'
The world knows Bindi Irwin as the daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, but the 17-year-old could soon be best known as “Dancing With the Stars” champion. Irwin was announced today as the first celebrity contestant to join the cast for the ABC reality TV competition’s 21st...
By ABC News

The world knows Bindi Irwin as the daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, but the 17-year-old could soon be best known as “Dancing With the Stars” champion.

Irwin was announced today as the first celebrity contestant to join the cast for the ABC reality TV competition’s 21st season.

The stars Irwin will compete against will be announced over the next two weeks.

The full lineup of pro dancers, which includes past mirror ball champions Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Karina Smirnoff, for Season 21 was announced last week.

Irwin was just 8-years-old when her father died in a stingray attack off the coast of Australia. She currently lives with her mother, Teri, and younger brother, Robert, on the grounds of the Australia Zoo, which the family owns.

The chance to compete on “Dancing” means Irwin will relocate temporarily to Los Angeles.

Irwin has stayed in the spotlight since her father’s death, co-creating a book series, “Bindi Wildlife Adventures,” starring in two films and multiple TV shows focused on wildlife and conservation efforts.

The teenager also already knows how to two-step on the ballroom dance floor. Irwin “loves to sing and dance, particularly about wildlife,” and has her own dance troupe, “The Jungle Girls,"according to her bio on the Australia Zoo’s website.

Irwin celebrated her 17th birthday last month and has revealed publicly that she is dating “someone special.”

The new season of “DWTS” premieres at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 14, on ABC.

via abcnews.go.com

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Here’s a portion of my powerpoint for my speech. I am by no means an expert on this subject, but i am well informed. I’m presenting this to a class of conservative teenagers, so i kept terms as simple as I could. 

IF THERE ARE ANY MISTAKES OR POSSIBLE ADDITIONS, PLEASE PLEASE PLEAAASE LET ME KNOW. I do NOT want to spread false information, and any feedback is DESPERATELY wanted.

Note:

  • I did not include homoseuality since it is a well understood topic on the basic level, however i will most likely add it later
  • if any Trans* Person could explain what the “ * ” means, it would be appreciated and added. 
  • There was a slide that would not fit explaining how an ally could show support, it covered preferred pronouns and tolerance of others.
  • these slides are in no particular order

Please dont be angry or send me hate for this, i am trying to spread tolerance, if you disagree please calmly explain  your concerns and I will aknowledge them