Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Think B4 You Speak!

This is not a personal story, but one of thousands and thousands of innocents that I am speaking out for. Every day, there are far too many people bullied due to their sexual orientation. What's worse? In addition to bullying, they are subjected to the abuse of the word "gay", a word which these individuals take great pride in.

Hearing slurs like, "That's so gay!" Or even, "Don't be a fag," can horribly break a person down. Most people agree and acknowledge this fact, however, they all continue to abuse these terms.

The reason I am speaking up is because there is a group that is stepping up to STOP the abuse of the word "gay" (and others like it) and to help curb the bullying inflicted on homosexuals, both old and (perhaps more tragically) sad.

This group is named, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network). Earlier this year they held the "Think B4 You Speak" event, urging people to "find another word" to use instead of "gay" or "fag".

Now, with the help of you, thousands of people have stepped up and vowed to stop the abuse of these words...and we're encouraging all of you who have felt the pain of these (and other) types of attacks on the streets of your own home cities/towns, to step-up and make a vow of your own.

Visit www.GLSEN.org or www.ThinkB4youSpeak.com to find out more and help put an end to this horribly painful, ignorant behavior. With your help, we CAN make a difference.

Thank you for your time...

Sean Carroll