As an openly queer student in El Dorado Hills, I have first handedly experienced the harassment from fellow peers and community members. Understanding the fact that sexual orientation is an avoidable topic, I find it hard to locate any support throughout our community. There are many students who feel the same way and live in fear of being discriminated upon with no fall back.
Living in a fairly conservative area, the resources offered to not support the issues of LGBT students. According to the Human Rights Campaign, four in 10 LGBT youth say the community in which they live is not accepting of their sexual orientation. It is fairly clear that this is the case in El Dorado Hills. Statistics also state that 60 percent of LGBT students consider suicide as an easy escape.
With recent tragedies, we as a community can not afford to lose another aspiring student to suicide. We need to come together to create a safe environment for everyone, no matter what their preferences are. Let us lend a helping hand and an open ear to those struggling with their own identity and constant harassment. Together, we can help to be more accepting of every one and event save a life.
El Dorado Hills