The world of a gay teen can be pretty stressful if we really think about it. You have so many different emotions going on at once. You want to be accepted, you want to be liked, you want to have friends, you want to make sure that you have people that you can rely on and trust. But there are times where the life of a gay teen turns dark, to the point where we worry about your safety. How are you doing? Are you worried right now? Are you stressed out? Do you find that your life has taken a very dark turn? It’s okay to admit it if it has. There are plenty of gay teens that are dealing with abandonment and separation. There are plenty of gay teens that are doing with a feeling of hopelessness. There are plenty of gay teens that wonder what it would be like if someone actually just accepted them for who they are, rather than having to play a game where they wear multiple masks just to get along. There are a lot of stressors involved in the world of being a gay teen, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up on just about anything and everything that comes your way.
You can wake up to a better world, a brighter world, a world filled with action. You just need to make sure that you’re looking at the bigger picture from start to finish. You have to make sure that you’re focusing on something more than just pain. There are a lot of more allies out there than you think.
If you look at Hollywood, you can see that our side is getting a lot more attention. DOMA has just been struck down, which is definitely a good thing. You also have plenty of gay representation in the media. Glee, anyone? Ellen, anyone? Elton John, anyone?
It’s not just about that, of course. We have plenty of gay representation on our side, but more to the point, we now have people that are coming out and telling people that it’s okay to be gay. Lots of straight people are embracing our cause, and that’s definitely a good thing. You have tons and tons of fans that are now saying how wonderful it is to express exactly who you are. You shouldn’t have to run from it, and people that can’t deal with it are just going to have to figure it out.
It’s on them. They’re the ones that are missing out on how awesome you are. If you don’t stand up to them, they will continue to believe that they can walk over people at will. Think about that!