High School Teens Coming Out At An Assembly [Pic]

Submitted by: littlemissqt 5 years ago in

That sign on the easel is haunting.
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Female 212
"I am not here anymore." pooe, that caught me off guard. I teared up.
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Male 15
Ha ha!
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Male 2,850
@eddy666

"The internet is not everyday conversation"

That just shows how hopelessly out of touch with the modern world you really are.
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Male 2,850
@eddy666

"The internet is not everyday conversation"

That just shows how hopelessly out of touch with the modern world you really are.
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Male 702
I took my boyfriend to the prom. His father was also the principal of the school :D
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Male 11,740
[quote]Really, your GRANDMOTHER sends you hate e-mails? Really? Um, not.[/quote]

5cats, you should move to NC. With your level of intelligence you would fit in perfectly. Yes, that sort of thing does happen. Really. I`ve known people whose parents and/or grandparents did stuff like that to them. Sometimes it`s because of mental illness, sometimes it`s ignorance or stupidity. But to say it doesn`t happen is like saying it doesn`t rain in Texas. Both statements are equally true.
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Male 3,909
@eddy666 - I guess you failed high school geography, NC is a southern state.


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Male 37,888
lolz @Faaaaq! Yes, the signs are fake, the whole thing is a "school play" and people take it so seriously...
Really, your GRANDMOTHER sends you hate e-mails? Really? Um, not.
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Male 694
#6 makes me LOL something fierce ha. and if #9 was straight id SO take advantage of them daddy issues ;)
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Male 7,123
When I was in high school many years ago here was not a single openly gay student, of even though we thought of ourselves as progressive. My daughter attended the same school and about 5-10% of post-16`s were openly gay. No-one had a problem with it. Well, one or two bigots but the general attitude was;
`You`re gay? Cool. Does this outfit work for me?`
`You`re homophobic? WTF, man?`
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Male 759
My mate came out in high school when he was 15. He walked into assembly and announced `I`m gay, and if anyone`s got a problem with that - outside now`.

No one did.
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Male 2,436
"You might as well say to a kid never to even appear to do something their parents disapprove of until they`re adults."

Well... yes. Some parents will understand and say "Oh well, that`s OK, we still love you and support you." Others, well... not so much. But all of them will be disappointed because gay = no grandchildren. There is nothing wrong with being gay... but there`s nothing right about it either.
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Male 1,595
If gays aren`t publicly showing affection, then there is no problem with it.
Same thing goes for straights, really.
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Female 3,562
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Why would anybody "come out" while they`re still in high school? That`s just asking for trouble. And for Christ`s sake, DON`T tell your parents. Wait till you`ve cut the strings and don`t rely on them for anything anymore. I swear, kids are freaking stupid these days and, apparently, turning gay at an alarming rate."

So basically you`re saying gay people should wait until they are independent adults before they can openly have romantic relationships. Seriously? You apparently think it`s just a matter of saying "I`m gay" and that`s all there is to being gay.
You might as well say to a kid never to even appear to do something their parents disapprove of until they`re adults.
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Male 683
TROLOLOLOLO!!!!
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Male 7,762
Arcval-"When your own family hates you and people are trying to kill you "

And if your family hates you because you are gay, is this any worse than if your familly hates you because you`re an athiest? Is it any worse than if they hate you because you`re dating a different race? Is it any worse than if they hate you because you`re a Republican?

Again, ain`t nothing special about being gay.

You are what you are.

Life is full of people who a) don`t like you and b) are going to give you a hard time.

Not everyone is going to like you.

Not everyone is going to respect you (and no, you can not demand, or legislate, that respect).

Deal with it.
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Female 1,324
Why shouldn`t they come out? They shouldn`t be afraid of what their parents will say/do, family is supposed to support family, sadly that isn`t always true...
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Male 626
[quote]Why would anybody "come out" while they`re still in high school? That`s just asking for trouble. And for Christ`s sake, DON`T tell your parents. Wait till you`ve cut the strings and don`t rely on them for anything anymore. I swear, kids are freaking stupid these days and, apparently, turning gay at an alarming rate.[/quote]
I understand what you`re saying, I would never come out to my dad or my grandparents, but the point is, it shouldn`t have to be that way for anyone.
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Male 2,436
Are all the people on stage gay too? Jesus... how big IS that school?

Why would anybody "come out" while they`re still in high school? That`s just asking for trouble. And for Christ`s sake, DON`T tell your parents. Wait till you`ve cut the strings and don`t rely on them for anything anymore. I swear, kids are freaking stupid these days and, apparently, turning gay at an alarming rate.
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Male 37,888
[quote]It`s far too hateful and vindictive to be general bullying.[/quote]
@Arcval: Compared to other past and present atrocities? It`s pathetic whiney people b1tching how few "rights" they have...
You`re European: Holochaust, Holodomor, Rwanda (it`s closer to Europe than I am, and a Canadian was the only person who tried to DO something...).

The "persecution" gays face in the USA is NOTHING to what they get in the Muslin world. Think well on that...
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Male 37,888
@lunaticlover: It`s a "school play". Those signs are props. The children are not neccessarily "gay" it`s all to "make a point".
I guarentee it.
Otherwise, like I said, 20% of that class is gay? WTF?
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Male 303
"They`re gay. I DO NOT CARE. Anymore than I care if the person next to me in the office is gay, straight, bi or an alien, as long as he puts the new coversheets on all the TPS reports, I Don`t Care!"

When your own family hates you and people are trying to kill you it is obvious that a) they really care far too much, if only they had your lack of caring. b) this isn`t general bullying. It`s far too hateful and vindictive to be general bullying.
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Male 37,888
[quote]Think about that a lot, do you?[/quote]
Yes @Musuko42, as a human being I AM concerned about child-sex trade and the disproportionate number of "gay men" involved.
BUT bring that up at IAB and holy-poo-storms erupt!!
So I`d discuss it anytime in the chatrooms, privately of course.

[quote]it`s been a fact of life ever since Grog punched Og because he was walking more erect that the rest of the herd.[/quote]
I think I ruptured my spleen laughing so hard @MeGrendel! thx!
My "inner caveman" is named "Ugh!" His best friend is "Thunk". I think most things in life can be figured out by asking "What Would Cavemen Do?"
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Female 354
"I am not here anymore"... I really hope by `here` they just mean the school... :(
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Male 523
@Musuko42 The internet is not everyday conversation. If you feel offended and bullied by things said on the internet by random people, then you have a whole different set of problems you need to deal with.
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Male 523
@whodat6484 First off, NC is not the south. Secondly, since when is not judging people based on religion `f*cked up`.
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Male 7,762
Musuko42-"They ARE dealing with it. THIS is them dealing with it!"

Making a specticle and telling everyone `I`m Special` is not `Dealing with it`.

They`re gay. I DO NOT CARE. Anymore than I care if the person next to me in the office is gay, straight, bi or an alien, as long as he puts the new coversheets on all the TPS reports, I Don`t Care!

Dealing with it would be to realize that fact that there are asshats in the world, and you have to deal with them, and not let them bring you down.

This display did not raise ANYone`s `awareness`. The asswipes are still asswipes. The will bully someone because they`re gay, because they`re short, because they`re intelligent or, just because.

Deal with it.

JaLacaob-"Kids don`t deserve this."

You`re right, they don`t. But it`s been a fact of life ever since Grog punched Og because he was walking more erect that the rest of the herd.
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Male 1,647

I really wish people, especially religious people who are supposed to be open and welcome and loving of everyone (supposedly, anyway) would stop putting other people through these kinds of torments. Kids don`t deserve this.
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Male 186
The girl who claim electroshock therapy still looks a little groggy. Don`t come out in high school - it`s full of immature a$$holes.
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Male 2,850
@5Cats

"Because I`m walking the "lo-track" selling my underage butt to old gay men!"

Think about that a lot, do you?
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Male 2,850
@eddy666

"Also, when does religion even get talked about in every day conversation?"

One example? Right here. On IAB. It`s a conversation that happens every day.
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Male 2,850
@MeGrendel

"Life`s hard. Deal with it."

They ARE dealing with it. THIS is them dealing with it!

You know, dealing with a problem by attempting to fix it?
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Male 213
@whodat6484

We dont claim NC...backward ass hillbillies the lot of them.
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Male 598
it takes a lot of guts to stand up there and do that. Perhaps some think its cool to be openly gay, but im sure the majority still have friends or family or other people in their daily environment that they know will judge them, and
i know i wouldnt have the guts to be open like that, even though i am comfortable in my skin and dont get my feelings hurt by namecalling.
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Male 3,909
Oh yeah, and if you`re a "deist" why would you use the #666, in your name?
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Male 3,909
@eddy666 - Well, you`re from the south so that pretty much explains it. I spent a few years stationed down south in NC so I know how f*cked up most southerners are.
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Male 37,888
"I am not here anymore"
Because I`m walking the "lo-track" selling my underage butt to old gay men!
I know what it`s IMPLYING but that`s the first (and far more realistic) thing I INFER.
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Male 37,888
[quote]what about the kids who are ostracized or bullied for being fat, smart, short, tall, black, asian, arab, jewish, athiest, poor, or socially akward?[/quote]
THIS! @Enjin, well said!
Also: kids who don`t dress `cool` kids with single parents, kids who don`t have "a date" kids who date "too much", kids who don`t smoke.
The list is endless. Kids are mean! High school it tough! If it isn`t one thing it WILL be another.

Good point @Eddy66! If anyone`s a minority, it`s us Deists! I demand Federal Funding!!!
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Male 37,888
Accordong to this: 22% of people are gay!

Mindless, feel-bad posturing.
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Male 7,378
This was Mitt Romney`s class of 1960.
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Male 3,445
This goes for both religious people and atheists who feel persecuted: It`s fine to have your own beliefs, but if you try to shove them down the throats of people who disagree, then don`t complain when someone else is intolerant of your ideas. Your feelings on religion are a decision. Gay people don`t have that luxury.
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Male 523
Also, when does religion even get talked about in every day conversation? I rarely even talk about it with my friends and peers.
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Male 523
@whodat6484 I don`t need to read your bullpoo article. As someone who was an atheist (before taking up deism) living in the SOUTH for several years, I think I can safely and accurately call out your whiny pity-party.
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Male 7,762
Life`s hard. Deal with it.

Be secure in yourself and don`t let the bastards get you down.
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Male 283
As a single topic issue, I would rank degrading minors as pretty important. Not MOST, but still important. The teenagers of today become the adults of tomorrow. (metaphorically, unless you`re on the eve of your 18th birthday) They will bring their problems with them to adulthood to be dealt with among a much larger affected population.
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Male 3,445
Nobody is saying atheists don`t get crap, but to compare your suffering to gay kids is absurd.
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Male 3,909
@eddy666 - That`s not being "whiny" it`s called making a point that falls in the same category of discrimination and civil rights violations. In the majority of communities now bigotry against gays is no longer socially acceptable. If someone comes out as gay they`re praised and told how courageous they are for doing so, if someone reveals they are an Atheist that`s not the case. Do a little reading on the subject and then you can talk about it however you`d like.
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Male 802
It`s great that these kids are getting some attention and stuff but what about the kids who are ostracized or bullied for being fat, smart, short, tall, black, asian, arab, jewish, athiest, poor, or socially akward? The thing is for most people high school sucks and in general a lot of kids are horrible monsters who don`t need a real reason to harm other human beings.
Maybe we should focus less on who these kids want to have sex with and get the kids that are causing problems out of the schools.
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Female 191
I find seeing this reassuring as today in the news a teacher from my high school bullied a gay student and his mother went to the media.
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Male 1,737
They all listen to Beiber? That`s it isn`t it?
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Male 151
Not to interrupt the intellectual debate, but the girl in purple is an attractive lesbian. That is all.
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Male 523
I understand that there is still a good bit of discrimination against homosexuals, and that many have to deal with hardships, but I`m calling bullpoo on all you whiny atheist motherdraters that claim you have been `discriminated` against. Stop with the pity party and get over yourselves. There are people that face SERIOUS oppression due to who they are, you guys don`t.
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Male 523
@LandoGriffin I agree with what you say, but the people that are standing in this picture ARE the people who are fine with being gay. I don`t know that it`s the right approach to the problem you are talking about. I think a better approach would be a tactic that shows anyone who is dealing with some kind of oppression, whether it be sexual orientation or something else entirely that the WHOLE community around them (in this case, the high school community) cares about them and is fine with who they are.
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Male 3,842
@DingDingDong - Gay kids who are fine with it are not the target audience. Gay kids who hate themselves because of it are the target audience. We`re talking about people who would rather kill themselves than be gay. They think they are the only ones who feel ashamed, unaccepted, and even hated by society. They are not alone. They are not the only ones.

Anybody who is perfectly fine with being gay, great, that is not the target audience. Those are not the people we are worried about. Those are not the people in need of support.
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Male 3,842
I`m not done. For those of you saying that you haven`t ever seen discrimination against gays, needless to say that is good. Young people are certainly more open-minded than older people on average. However, what just happened three days ago in North Carolina? Voters approved discrimination against gays by law. It is now ILLEGAL in the state of North Carolina to grant gays the same legal rights as heteros.
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Male 1,511
@LandoGriffin
This assembly is doing the opposite in my opinion. It`s telling the gay kids who haven`t come out yet how horrible it will be when they do! When it`s not really that bad.

How about an assembly for everyone who really doesn`t care what sexual orientation you are. I`d stand up there and hold a sign that says "you`re gay? who freaking cares?"
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Male 3,842
Where to begin?

For those wondering "what is the point?"

Suicide is the second most common cause of death among people under the age of 30 (accidents is #1) - this is an effort to reduce the suicide rate. These are not all the gay kids in school, just those who aren`t afraid to come out. The ones who are afraid might gain strength knowing they are not alone in their experiences, and hopefully not take drastic measures.

The point is not to make all the straight kids feel guilty. It is to provide a model for the people who are considering ending their lives to go on living. These kids were mistreated (mostly) and yet they understand that they aren`t "wrong" and aren`t "bad" for being gay. There are younger kids in the audience who need to know that, despite what people say or do to them, they are not "wrong" or "bad" for being gay.
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Male 1,511
Do you think all those kids are actually gay, or just trying to be edgy? It`s mostly girls, that`s a lot of lesbians.
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Male 523
@DingDingDong I live in the south and it`s kind of like that too. Well, with the younger crowd at least. I kind of have a hard time believing a lot of this poo. I live in the `bible belt` and I have never seen any halfway decent person discriminate against people due to sexual orientation or religion.
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Male 1,511
I`m not being a troll. It`s probably because of where I live, but my gay friends here are put on a tier above the breeders. As soon as a guy mentions he`s gay, everyone`s all "ohhh I love you." Because it`s the cool thing to be now. Wanna be cool and different in school, tell everyone you`re gay...you`ll be loved for it, treated like an awesome activist. So when I see kids whining about how hard life is, my first reaction is STFU, just don`t be offended, it`s your choice to not be offended. Just tell your Grandma to STFU and move on and be happy. Don`t throw a big whining assembly. I`m not anti-gay, I don`t really care, I`m anti-whine. I`m sure it`s much more difficult in other places tho, I`ll give you that. I`m in Portland Oregon btw.
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Male 2,586
Can`t believe one of the girls said she lost half her friends! - I`d be there with bells on! Lesbians are awesome :)
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Male 3,445
I haven`t heard of a lot of atheists getting beaten up or shamed into committing suicide for holding their views. Look, I don`t believe in a dogmatic God either. I just thought religious folk were supposed to be the ones with the persecution complex. Suck it up. You don`t have it nearly as bad as gay kids in high schools.
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Male 373
@Brometheus, it was probably prescribed for mental illness, not homosexuality, though that illness may be a result of the prejudice faced.

Otherwise, the doctor should indeed be struck off.
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Male 1,089
@easel...YOU DON`T SAY?!
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Male 6,737
Word.
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Female 47
@ Musuko42: Couldn`t have said it better myself.
@DingDingDong: STFU troll
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Male 3,909
"My grandmother sends me hate mail" <-- Best Sign Ever!

@patchouly - That is so true! I read an article not too long ago about a study that concluded that in the USA the way Atheists are treated today is equivalent to how openly gay people were treated 50+ years ago.
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Male 5,413
@mzacur It doesn`t do more harm than good because keeping it quiet is what does the most harm. The more people talk about it the more people understand the pain they go through. Right?
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Male 1,511
STFU whiners...the new cool thing to do is be gay or love gays. It`s not that bad for you.

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Male 2,850
@mzacur

"and make us feel bad because this stuff still happens"

Knowing the bad stuff is still happening allows you to do something about it.

Even little things help. Even your semi-snarky comment about that person`s grandmother helps, in an odd roundabout way: there are a lot of young, scared, lonely people who think that nobody is on their side. Seeing your message shows that at least one person is on their side...and then seeing ten more like it, then a hundred more, then a thousand more...that ends up helping. That ends up stopping despair and suicides.

And none of that would happen if you were unaware that there is a problem in the first place.

I know the guilt trip sucks. But alleviate it by saying something kind and supportive for someone who needs it. It`s more helpful than you might realise, for issues like this, and it doesn`t even cost you anything.
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Male 1,558
Say it loud and say it proud!!!
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Male 40
Did the sign on the Easel belong to the friend of the girl second from the left?
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Male 112
I hated these kinds of assemblies. I got more pissed at the fact that different minorities and sexualities got put up on pedestals while us breeders were made to feel like crap for the collective way we treat the gays and others.


I treat the gays with the same kind of respect i`d treat anyone else, but cheap emotional tricks like this assembly do more harm then good imo. They marginalize those of us doing the right thing, and make us feel bad because this stuff still happens. Yeah i`m sorry your grandma sends you hate mail, but you just tell that old bitch to keep sending you money on xmas and your birthday, and keep her opinons for AM talk-radio shows where people will actually listen to her.
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Male 626
Isn`t it illegal to not let gay people bring teir dates to a prom?
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Male 2,345
the_phantom
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
464 Posts Friday, May 11, 2012 9:51:38 AM
the `im no longer here` one was in bad taste imo


maybe, but worse taste was the fact that is has come true on many occasional. we should not hide from the truth and if the truth taste really bad, GOOD.
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Male 3,445
@patchouly: Really irresponsible to try to compare anti-atheist sentiment to this.
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Male 510
the `im no longer here` one was in bad taste imo
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Male 38,511


[quote]I don`t get all of this focus on sexuality. [/quote]
Because people need someone to hate. Disreputable men need a scape-goat to blame to manipulate them, and get positions of power and money. The problem is they aren`t allowed to hate blacks, asians, mexicans or other religious like they used to do. The only legal way to hate is against gays because it`s not "hate" it`s a "religious freedom". So they go on their weekly televangelist shows and talk $hit about gays, making it up as they go along about a non-existant `homosexual agenda` etc.

Can you imagine what would happen if they did that just once and railed on about the evils of black people or jews ?
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Male 29
Why you so racist, gay rights? (far right of photo, accident or cropped?)
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Male 158
Exactly what I think slightlys. Ridiculous how far this can go when it`s just one of so many other things that really make a person.
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Male 7,611
Damn, I`m glad nobody where I`m from had to go through anything like this. My high school was pretty accepting of the few gay kids we had.
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Male 78
It`s just sad. It makes me wonder how the world is filled with people who are so miserable in their own lives that they have to try and take the happiness of others away.
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Male 815
Patchouly: "Exactly" what happens? I think you`re stretching a bit if you believe that "coming out" as an atheist and coming out as a homosexual share an identity of discernibility.

While I`m sure coming out as an atheist may be traumatic and life changing for some (perhaps in a fundamentalist family), I do not believe that it has the same effect on people`s lives as many that come out as homosexual. Further, I`m not really fond of the connotations of that statement though, because one would not normally identify that they are born "atheist," whereas homosexuals "come out" from playing straight towards openness of their true identity; that they are homosexual.
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Male 5,811
@patchouly: In the States, yeah. I`ve never felt any discrimination up here because I`m an atheist. But that could just be because I don`t surround myself with that many religious people, which is also easier to do north of the 49th parallel.
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Male 92
I don`t get all of this focus on sexuality. Your a homosexual,thats great! What else are you? Are you a kind person? There is a lot more that makes a person then sexual preference.
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Male 376
Electroshock Therapy? Really?! If that`s true then her doctor is in need of a thorough ass-beating.
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Male 38,511

I`m surprised the school let them do this.
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Male 4,746
Other than the "holding hands with my boyfriend" and the "Date to the prom" parts, all the rest of these are exactly what happens when an Atheist comes out.
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Female 1,338
Link: High School Teens Coming Out At An Assembly [Pic] [Rate Link] - That sign on the easel is haunting.
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