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My story as an LGBTQ student

posted May 11, 2018, 4:39 AM by Jeffrey Wolf



By: Pasha Maciolek, Staff Writer

Posted May 11th, 2018


I would like to start by saying I'm a transgender student. I am a very understanding person. I  have always thought deep down that something was wrong with me until I found out in my early teenage years that there was nothing wrong. I had been going through a lot of emotional struggles last year. I was in and out of hospitals all school year and had been going through a depression. Depression had many effects on me as a student at Slinger High School. It was very common for me to be teased or harassed by other students. I am just someone who is like everyone else and am very capable of doing the same things as everyone else. It may be a difficult adjustment for others, but let’s do this and just get along.


Life has not been very easy for me. I was adopted when I was 5. I had a lot of trauma and neglect when I was at the orphanage. I had been dealing with some medical and physical problems during these years. It's been a very risky situation, and over the years, I have been feeling a whole lot. I feel that every morning I wake up, get ready for school, and I feel sick, as if I can't be true to myself. I can't even do things that I should be able to do. It's a very hard situation when it comes to my case and has many effects on other things. It's been very comforting knowing I have the support of friends, family, and counselors. Coming out has still been a real problem. Just think how would you feel if someone was bullying you for your gender. It gets tiring after a couple days of it, maybe even a couple years. All I’m asking, as a transgender student, is for people to not be mean and to be respectful. I have gone through a lot of damage over the years and need everyone to have a safe place.


Also, I want to talk about social media. Social media has been a big problem in my life. Bullying and getting teased is uncalled for and is not a great thing. At the the end of the day we just want to be normal and we all want to have accomplishments, but in order to do that, we have to take steps forward. I want to give advice to everyone. Never give up taking opportunities and use it to the best of your advantage. Just think about it for a second. I want everyone to know we can do what is right and not what is wrong.


”Getting America to believe that people are born LGBTQ (that it’s not something that can be chosen or ever changed) has been central to the fight for gay rights. If someone can’t help being gay any more than they can help the color of their skin, the logic goes, denying them rights is wrong. But many members of the LGBTQ community reject this narrative, saying it only benefits people who feel their sexuality and gender are fixed rather than fluid, and questioning why the dignity of gay people should rest on the notion that they were gay from their very first breath.” (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/16/born-way-many-lgbt-community-its-way-more-complex/395035001/ )    


Love is love, we all cry out, begging for acceptance. Every one of us knows this to be true. To be judged for who you love can be an alienating and confusing. When it comes to those in hard  relationships, we often don't know how to react. While anyone can be polyamorous and love two people, many have issues accepting this. In the straight community, those who are poly are often seen as players. However, in our LGBT community, one would think there would be more acceptance. Sadly, this is not the case. We have all had that one friend who was part of a thruple that ended terribly, and so we assume this is how all poly relationships will end up. Personally, I have had the same misconceptions in the past. However, I have learned that I was being close minded. Being true to yourself is key into life. Never let someone tell you you can't do something, because if you put your mind to it, it’s possible. Everyone has the ability to do what they can do and say. Language is the most powerful thing; we are using it consistently. Your human mind is the most powerful  machine and that can lead to good and bad on what we may say. No matter how bleak, no matter how low you have sunk, this is not the end. This is not the end of your story. Being you is the most important part and if you're not being yourself, it can lead to many problems. My experience with finding who I may be is a really hard thing. I'm thinking when I’m a senior of doing a speech on all about LGBTQ 24/7 make a change.


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