Because parents often avoid the topic of the queer community, children lack the foundation to understand it once they are in formal education. Growing up, a straight friend of mine was taught that there was no difference between a gay man and a straight man except for who they woke up next to in the morning. For him, his mother taught him love, compassion, and equality. His mother set the foundation for his openness in the future. For me and many other children, my family taught me hatred, prejudice, and inequality. Children are curious beyond belief, and a parent cannot afford to deny them any education regardless of the subject. If you explain to a child why two men are holding hands in front of you in line, that child will understand. Children are not dumb, th...
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...lth of students. Queer students have a hard enough time during middle and high school just being comfortable with who they are. Middle school and high school are some of the roughest times for LGBTQ youth due to the fact that they’re still trying to figure themselves out. Eventhough we are in somewhat progressive times, it still can be very scary for LGBTQ youth to identify and even come out as queer. Often, LGBTQ youth are not represented well enough and this leads to the crumbling of self confidence and mental stability. Representation in minorities leads to empowerment, which can fuel the future of our country. It is important to implement LGBTQ education in middle and high schools, regardless of the negative comments that stem from conservative parents’ fear and ignorance, because each and every life matters and no one should be denied the privilege of knowledge.
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