The LGBTQ+ Youth of Novato High
By Bernie Michel
The life of a high school student isn’t easy, but being a member of the LGBT community makes everything just a little bit harder. Along with trying to figure out your identity, gaining the courage to come out, and dealing with the hurtful things that people may say, there are added challenges to an already stressful time in most teenager’s lives.
Novato High senior Toby Felix described the trials and tribulations he faces as a gay, transgender boy.
“I mean I was never really bullied for being gay, but more for being trans,” said Felix.
He then went on to discuss how he feels when people purposely misgender him.
“It makes me feel sad that people don't respect me,” said Felix.
Felix also admitted to never going to the school officials to get help with ending the bullying.
“Honestly I didn't really think the school could help,” said Felix. “I mean, what could they really do about it?”
Many LGBT kids feel that nobody can help them and most people won't understand. Felix believes that what helps him during these tough times is having groups like the LGBT club around.
“It feels nice having that support of the friends I’ve made, and a little community to call my own.”
Everyone experiences judgement for their sexuality differently, whether it bullying or stereotypical side comments. The LGBT community has heard it all.
Many stereotypes come with the LGBT community, and when someone doesn’t fit that mold or understand, they often feel inclined to say something. What also makes things worse is the inappropriate comments that people make.
Some things that I've heard people ask are “but you’re such a girly girl you can't possibly be gay” or “you’ve never been with a guy how do you even know if you’re gay.”