My Coming out Article: A New Revolution

btj1995's picture

I'm gonna write an article for my school paper coming out. I've edited out my name for now, just seeing if anyone can give me guidance on how to make it better. Thanks, the article is below.

A New Revolution
An Opinion Editorial by Brennan Jones

Through The Fourteen short years I have been privileged to live on this earth, I have been called many things; however, most call me by my name. My name is Brennan Jones, and for those of you who don’t know, I’m an eighth grader here at Luther. Recently, rumors have been circulating around the school that I am gay, a homosexual, or “into guys” as my friend so eloquently put it. I have received hate mail online, and I have received drawings on top of my locker depicting me having intimate relations with other young men at the school. My grades, my attendance, my friendships, and my future have been affected by this ordeal. It was all starting to get to me. I consulted those closest to me as to what I should do. Meanwhile, I was losing many of my male friends. I experienced disloyalty from those whom I knew would be loyal, and vice-versa. Throughout my parents supported me, as did my friends, but I still could not handle it alone. Soon, my emotions started changing from sorrow, fear and confusion to anger. It is that anger that drives this article. I am angry that people have nothing else to do than to criticize me, and that my peers can be so blatantly stupid as to take rumors as fact. But I realize it is not just I who has felt these feelings. Many before me have, and many later will. It is for these people that I am angry. I am angry that I am not the only one facing this treatment. I am angry that in this supposed melting pot of a nation, people are shunned every day for the slightest whisper of being different from the majority. For, was this nation not founded on the principal that the majority rules, but the minority must have their rights as well? My grades, friendship, and future have been affected by my internal struggle, and by these rumors. But these rumors, the hate mail, and the harassment were not the start of my internal struggle. For I am, and have always been, too trusting of a person, and I made the source of my struggle known to certain persons. It is my sincere belief that these persons started the rumors about me, which I thought had ruined the past few months for me. But I knew to use this time as a learning experience. Something that has touched me, and will be a memory that is in the back of my mind for years to come. My intent in this article, however, is not to complain about things that are in the past. The intent of this article was to say that the rumors are indeed true. I am a gay American, a homosexual. "Into guys", like so many before me, and so many to come. But as we are at the dawn of a new age of civil rights, a different kind of civil rights than many may expect, I would like to emphasize that I am a person. A person just like you, your best friend, your mother, or your father. I am, first and foremost, an American citizen, and my intent is to do what is best for the country that I love. What I believe I should do, and know is best, is to start a revolution. Not in the sense of overthrowing a government, but in the sense of beginning a new age for Americans of all orientations. This, because everyone is a person. In the words of Dr. Seuss, "no matter great or small, how short or how tall." In his words, it is most elegantly and simply expressed that we are all people. And it is our right, no, our duty to stand up and accept those who may be different from us, no matter how difficult that may be. And I am here to start a revolution, a new mindset for American people; that we must accept all people, for if we wish to succeed as a nation, we must. If we alienate one portion of our population, how can we stay united as a land? It is essential, critical, that this nation lives out the true meaning of it’s creed, that all men are created equal. The only question is, regardless of orientation, Gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight, will you become part of the fight for true equality for all Americans? I hope sincerely that that answer is an avowed, resounding, “yes.”

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centerfielder08's picture

A few comments.... first, I

A few comments....
first, I really liked your article, but I have some suggestions for you / things for you to think about:
1) is it safe for you to put this in print in the school newspaper?
2) in the last part, where you talk about equality, I would add the word "transgendered."

I'm really sorry you had to experience hatred like that.

with 100% back-up support,
--Eli.

Riku's picture

This is fantastic, but it'd

This is fantastic, but it'd be easier to read if it were seperated out into paragraphs.

Good luck with the coming out and all.

fox333's picture

*Hug* thats all i can say.

*Hug* thats all i can say.

btj1995's picture

I'll certainly add

I'll certainly add transgendered, and i'll separate it into paragraphs. As for safety, i think that everyone will know sooner or later, so if figure this is the best way to do it. However, i obviously haven't done this before, so if anyone has any advice i'd strongly appreciate it.

-BTJ

centerfielder08's picture

Well, I was going to do

Well, I was going to do something similar at my school, but one of my teachers who I came out to strongly advised me aganist that.

What would you like advice on?

--Eli.

btj1995's picture

anything -BTJ

anything
-BTJ

centerfielder08's picture

Any specific topics, or any

Any specific topics, or any questions? For me, at least, it's easier to give advice when I know there's a certain type of advice you want....if that makes sense.
---Eli.

fox333's picture

are we sure this is safe?

are we sure this is safe?

jeff's picture

Hmm...

I'd make it more personal rather trying to make into a bigger thing. Don't try to say so much, instead tell your story perfectly.

I think there is more power in saying the actions of these students affected the life of you as a student, rather than making it about the world as a whole, society in general, etc.

If this is the same school and the same people you have been with for nearly a decade, in each grade until now, then go for that. Make it personal. There's more sting to say "I met someone in second grade, and we were instant friends, sharing every detail of our lives for 7 years, until now, when I shared one detail too much, and now we no longer speak." Or whatever.

The nation, world, and society will be around to screw with you for years. But, focusing closer to home, and making it about them, gives it a lot more power. Sort of like the mantra: Think Globally, but Act Locally.

If you want to change the world, you don't do it by saying "Woe is me, the world is against me." Instead you say "The friends I still love like brothers, and pass in these halls, no longer look at me the same. Because I want to be loved in this life. Not by them, but by someone else who is out there waiting for me."

You make it too big, you're pointing fingers. And no one has to take it personally. The gay kid says the world sucks. You bring it into your school's hallways and classrooms, you're holding up a mirror. That's the gay kid telling the actual people who came out against him "YOU suck."

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