by Jay
September 1996

Hello again readers o' Oasis!

I would first like to thank everyone who has been e-mailing me, telling me what a great column this is. And also to thank everyone who offered some sympathy to my friend from last months column. Thank you all.

Summer is closing up here, and a new school year is going to start. I know that it will be very hard for me because I have all advanced classes. My birthday is also coming up and I will turn 15 on the 9th of September. Sometimes, I think I am the youngest in the whole school. I hope I can pull through without too much trouble, and hope I don't have a nervous breakdown by December.

As I think about gay people, I think about how much we all have advanced in today's society. Time magazine choose a lesbian as one of tomorrow's 50 leaders, and many have been given a voice through shows, like Politically Incorrect and MTV's The Real World. Of course, many people still don't approve of us, but many young people have grown some kind of acceptance towards us.

When MTV's Choose or Lose bus was in Louisiana, they put up a soapbox up so people could speak up about what mattered to them. One teenage girl said "All you homophobic people can go to hell. There is nothing wrong with gay people at all. I know some and they are totally cool." More power to her.

I must say though, the teenage years for gay people must be the hardest. If they choose to come out, they could very well be rejected and hated. Sometimes they might be excepted by people who say, "It doesn't matter to me if you are." Of course if you say that to your parents, it would be a little harder for them. It must hurt them a lot if they find out their child is gay or bi.

But kudos to the people who can stand beside us and not care. Well, this is a very short column this time around, but next time I will try to make it longer and more interesting. See ya. And e-mail me with stories, questions or whatever.

Jay is a 15 year old sophomore in High School. His course for this year include: English 10 Honors, Chemistry 10 Honors, Comprehensive Geometry Honors, US History I Honors, Math Analysis 11 Honors(maybe) and Spanish III. He hopes that people will e-mail him so he has something to read that he actually wants to. He can be reached at Polaris242@aol.com.

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