The bullying article, From Teasing to Torment, had the greatest effect on me. Everyone has felt bullied at one point or another, including myself but I always had someone I could turn to, who would understand because we had something in common. Along with the academic issues that the article highlights, there is also the mental well being of the bullied kids. A lot of LGT kids in schools who are bullied feel like they have no where to turn and this can lead to social problems and even attempts at suicide. I don't know if everyone remembers when this student at Rutgers committed suicide but it was truly horrifying and a sickening display of bullying. The numbers in the article are also truly staggering to see the direct correlation of LGT students who are essentially bullied out of school.
Because of the religious sentiment toward homosexuality, our predominantly christian society has taken issue with a lot of homosexual culture. This had led to negative connotations with the words "gay" and "homosexual"and has had a harmful affect on any and all students, employees and people that are lesbian, gay or transgendered. However I believe that the right course of action is being taken to raise awareness through the media, organizations and groups to start a movement to move for equality. This website is a perfect testament to this. Regardless, atrocities still happen. Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beat up basically tortured and left to die tied to a fence in the middle of a field in Laramie, Wyoming because he was gay. It is important to remember that people who are Lesbian, Gay or Transgendered are people, and they should be treated as such.