Personal Narrative: What It Means To Be Gay

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My first memory of learning what it means to be gay was when I was in grade school. I would hear the word being said from my friends and other peers in my classroom. I went to a catholic school my whole life, so the word gay was never taught in the classroom by the teachers. My friends and I would talk about the word during lunch and recess. My family never talked about the LGBTQ because it was against what my family believes in. When I was younger, I would hear the word gay a lot on the television. I think watching television helped understand the meaning of the word gay. When I was younger, I watched a television show about a family who had gay parents and it helped me see the true meaning of the word gay because I always thought that a …show more content…
When I learned about the word gay I thought it was strange and I thought it was weird, and it honestly made me feel uncomfortable. It honestly took me a while to accept the fact that my cousin is gay. When I was younger, I was confused as to why someone would be gay, but now that I am older things have changed for me. I think my feelings and thoughts have changed over time because now I think I have accepted the fact people are going to be with people that are the same sex as themselves and it is okay to be different. That being gay is the new norm in our society and that everyone is experiencing with it and that we just have to face reality. Now that I have friends and family members that are gay, I just view them as normal people in society. I treat them just like I would treat a person who is heterosexual. Now I am not confused, or uncomfortable, or shock when I hear the word …show more content…
I know it is not right to be doing that, but I still did it anyway. I feel like when I was younger, I participated in joking, gossiping, commenting and avoiding people who identify LGBTQ because all my friends were doing it, so I thought it was normal to do it. Now that I am older I am beginning to realize that it is not right to participate in some of the things I did in the past because people who are gay or transgender are just as human as people who identify as heterosexual, so I think we should of be treated the same and equal. I think some ways I can eliminate homophobia in myself is by educating myself on the LGBTQ community, talk to my friends and cousin who are gay and learn from them. I need to step back and look at the real picture and realize that everyone is different in the world and it is not fair for the people who are gay to be bullied just because people are homophobia. I think I need to be more aware because people I may meet in the future may be gay or everyone I meet could be gay so I have to be aware of the fact that I cannot judge someone by their

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