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I am a college student. I am one of two openly gay people that I know of at my school. The other is a lesbian who prefers to dress like a man.

The other day, I overheard a group of girls talking about her. One of the girls said, “Is that a chick or a dude?”

Another replied, “That’s a chick trying to be a dude.”

I don’t remember the rest of the conversation, but I do know several other homophobic remarks were made.

I know I’m only human; and I know that humans make mistakes. But I hate myself for what I did when I heard those girls talking about the other girl.

I did nothing.

Here I am, an activist for equality, yet I failed to take a stand against the very homophobia I want to see stop.

My personal motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I have failed.