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Sexual preference brings about hate crimes

Nuvia Cervantes

LGBT community prove themselves to be resilient to remarks

Just the other day, as I stood at a bus stop near  school, a  car raced by with a whoosh that blew my hair about; it also left my hair a bit wet and sticky.

The driver had thrown a Sweet Tea at a lesbian couple sitting on the bus stop bench. With wet shoes, they complained how people could be so rude. Looking furious they dried off their shoes, and where I would have been sitting with an ugly smirk on my face, they paused a moment only to break into laughter.

I asked why they laughed and all that one said was, “At we least we both got splashed; the whole world can know I’m gay for her.”

They didn’t pay any mind to the actions of the driver. They just kept on sitting and laughing,the fury now long gone.

No matter how much members of the LGBT community get name-called or even criticized, they remain resilient and shine brighter than when they had been a “closeted” member.

For example, National Basketball Association player Jason Collins says he feels much better in his interview with Sports Illustrated magazine, out of the closet, although I’m sure he would prefer not to be in the spotlight. However, that isn’t the point. Collins dodges all the comments that are made about him. Even though the ones made about him could affect his career, he remains resilient.

In fact, according to the interview, Collins feels proud to finally be out; he feels a weight off of his shoulders. He looks to the people who say that he can’t play basketball anymore because of his sexuality in the eyes and says watch me.

Many In the LGBT community are doing the same.

They look at the judgment in the eye of society and say, “So what.”

In the 67 years that the NBA has been in existence, and the 144 years Major League Baseball has, only one man has came out to be openly gay. That says something.  It makes you wonder how many others are just in the closet afraid to do what Collins did because of judgement and names used in the tabloids.

What Collins represents is something that gives the LGBT members of professional sports hope for the future. But it’s things like the throwing of sweet tea that keeps some in fear of what there is to expect.

When people say things like, “Lesbos!” or “Look at those fags,”  openly gay people mostly pay no mind. Then again, we don’t think about the people who aren’t a member of LGBT and how they take these offensive comments. Depending on  the person, I guess it wouldn’t affect them at all, but I can think of a few people who would take a stand.

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