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.