BY KAIYA SOTHERN

 

Going to a school with over 2000 students, with at least 400 in my year, I realise the need for more acceptance every day of my school life.

First, let’s get one thing straight. I am a bisexual teen, surrounded every school day by many different people with many different opinions.

Walking around school, I see groups. The popular group, the dancers, the sporty people, etc. I have the problem of not being able to talk about my sexuality. Last year, I was in the girls’ changing room, and a girl asked me if I was ‘that bisexual girl’. I said ‘maybe’ and left. I didn’t know what to do with myself. It had many effects during the rest of the day, including in P.E. I was avoiding contact with people, just because I was scared people would talk about me and judge.

I like to compare this experience to a wall, with a graffiti eye painted on. You have to walk past every day, and the eye keeps staring at you. Finally, you’ve had enough, and you avoid it all together.

The wall represents all the people that you have to talk to and see and hear their opinions from. The eye is their judgements and their opinions. I walked away, and I shouldn’t have had to. No one should have to answer a question and fear the consequences. Everybody should feel accepted and feel like they can say what they need to, within reason.

I speak for everybody who has felt different, afraid of their self and their sexuality. I shouldn’t have to.

 

This story was submitted for The Common Room, a place for all young people to share their views. Got something to say? Everyone’s welcome – click here to contribute!

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