There are so many steps that the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community has taken ever since Harvey Milk, and yet it is like not much has changed, especially for LGBT youth. In recent, there have been more openly gay teens taking their lives.
They do this in part because of direct bullying, but also because of what their world thinks of them. Same-sex marriage is illegal in the vast majority of the world and our country. Gay protection laws on discrimination of jobs, housing, adoption, healthcare, and countless other things are scarce, and similar laws applying to transgendered people are even more scarce.
I am a 13 year old girl living life in New Jersey. At school, at home, and in a plethora of places I go, I am judged based on my sexual orientation and not the content of my character. I know I am not the only one that is in disgust that in New Jersey and New York, which are considered blue states, there are almost no laws to help LGBT people, including Same-Sex Marriage and protection laws. In New Jersey, even same sex marriages performed in other states aren't recognize. I turn 14 on September 2nd. I start high school a few days before. I hope you can all realize that I'd give away all my birthday presents in exchange for my life, a real one, my liberty, the same as all of my straight peers, and my pursuit of happiness, now and when I meet a woman who makes me so happy, I marry her.
Because of the constant bombardment of information that our nation receives about gay rights bills being vetoed, the hate is being instilled to people again and again. Love is special, whether the two people have different sexual characteristics or not. A person is not defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity. So why do I care?
I don't like being discriminated against, whether it's my sexual orientation or religion or gender, etc. I want you to realize that it is best for everyone if we're all safe. Thank you.