Pride Week

It’s rare that I talk about anything going on at my school. Usually, I just let whatever is happening happen. After all, no matter how annoying some of the people can be, I will likely not have to see them again after May 30th. But today is different. Today thereisan issue I want to talk about very much.

That issue is pride week.

Pride week, or LGBT+ week, is something my high school decideed to do in order to celebrate what they’re calling “Diversity Month.” The point behind Diversity Month is to celebrate how we’re all different, but still one school (at least that’s my understanding of it). I was honestly delighted when I heard about this, because I am all about celebrating the fact that we are all different but still human. Better yet, the school is trying to show that it’s a safe space for everyone, no matter who you are, what your sexuality is, or what your gender is.
Pride week, however, feels like a disaster. It seems like no one is taking any of this seriously. In fact, people are being nothing but mean, hateful, and disrespectful. 

For example, the school hung up the pride flag and the equality flag in the commons area. Could the people who didn’t like the fact that the flags were up just leave them alone? Apparently not, because a couple of students tried to take the flag down. They didn’t succeed and I guess they got yelled at, but the fact that they even tried upset me enough to actually express my feelings about something for once. 

You’d think that something like pride week would bring people together, but in my opinion, it has only made the seperation between people in my school worse. I don’t know if it’s homophobia or just immaturity causing people to act like this, but it’s all getting on my nerves. I cannot believe how much hate there is in this world, at this school. There have been so many people who have been murdered or assaulted or driven to depression, driven to self harm, even driven to suicide, just because they wanted to be who they are and love who they love. I honestly don’t understand how this hate exists. I understand that as a human being, you have a right to your opinion, but why would you choose to be hateful?

I was originally writing this article as a rant, because I was angry and didn’t have anyone to talk to about it other than strangers on the internet. But now I’m just sad. Sad and disappointed, because of how some people are so hateful and disrespectful and can’t seem to treat those who are different from them like fellow human beings.

After all, so what if the pride flag and the equality flag are hanging up? Just because you don’t like something, that doesn’t mean you need to be disrespectful. It doesn’t mean you need to try to take them down. And it doesn’t mean it needs to get to a point where the school has to move the flags to a locked display case so that no one can get to them. You aren’t cool for hating the LGBT+ community. You aren’t cool for trying to take our flags down. You aren’t cool for being a hateful person. You want to be cool? Then be a nice person. Make someone smile. Make a difference. There is enough hate in the world as it is, don’t add to it. Being hateful isn’t cool and it never will be.