By SOPHIE STONE.
I think it’s safe to say no matter what kind, or on which platform it is happening, that bullying is bad. LGBTIQ bullying is no different. Sadly, despite the good work of organisations such as Rainbow Youth, and individuals who spread awareness, LGBTIQ bullying is not a thing of the past yet.
Speaking of Rainbow Youth, as I mentioned previously in my Inside Out article, they have developed a list of educational resources shown in schools, one of which is focused around bullying.
I figured I might attempt to recreate that video with a few people in my own school, Albany Senior High, to see what their take on LGBTIQ bullying is. Now I’d just like to stress that I’m no Peter Jackson. This film is low quality and not particularly well shot. However it’s not the filming itself which makes it, it’s the conversations that got underway as a result of asking some key questions about sex, gender and sexuality norms, or ideas and behaviours that we all tend to adopt in order to fit in.
Uh, yeah. Quite possibly the only thing worse than LGBTIQ bullying is my film-making ability.
In all seriousness though, the questions raised in the video are all pretty important. A big part of putting an end to bullying based around discrimination and ignorance is asking people questions and encouraging them to stop and think.
By challenging the way people perceive norms about sex, gender and sexuality, you’re helping to create conversations around why some people feel the need to attack others.
After all, where do these norms come from? How do they affect people in society, at home, and in our schools? How do we unknowingly contribute to this? And perhaps most importantly, what can we do to challenge them?
The last question can be difficult to answer, but even by thinking about the way we view and treat people who are part of the LGBTIQ community, and whether this is fair or reasonable, can help create change.
If we aren’t having these kinds of conversations, then it’s going to take a lot longer for things to progress.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be ninety years old before I see change. Partially because I’m not sure I’ll still be alive when I’m ninety, but mostly because it shouldn’t have to take that long.
It’s an achievable goal, however we all need to start acting in order to make it happen.
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