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LGBTQ+ Bullying

24th Jun 2020

Verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, swearing, physical abuse, trolling are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to LGBTQ+ bullying in today’s modern world, but sadly with behaviour like this towards members of that community, which includes myself, the world does not seem so modern after all.

I have never understood the lack of compassion, empathy and understanding towards the LGBTQ+ community. Forgive me if I am wrong, but we breathe the same air, we live in the same world and we all have red blood, so why the continual hate and bullying that for over fifty years, we as a community, have been trying to change with equality for all, simply because our choice is to have a same sex partner?

I am going to share a quote with you that has always stayed in my mind; “The only thing disgusting about seeing two men or two women together holding hands is the vile reaction from others” and if you think about it, its a pretty true fact.

Having been badly bullied as a child for being different for being gay, bullied on a TV production by another member of the cast, trolled on my chat show on Instagram, I am lucky enough now to have the strength to be able to stand up and speak out and join the fight against bullying. But there are people out there who are not as strong, who cannot cope with vile, nasty, abusive words or behaviour, who feel they cannot turn to anyone for help and just put up with it. Sadly, there are those who just can’t take anymore and take their own lives.  We simply cannot let this happen in the LGBTQ+ community so it’s time to make a stand.

As an adult now with a public media platform, I have no hesitation in openly discussing facts and figures of LGBTQ+ bullying. In fact, it’s my mission to assist BulliesOut in whatever way possible  and to use my public platform to spread further awareness to say bullying is not OK regardless of your gender, sexual preference, personal identity age or race. It is not acceptable nor will it ever be and together we can make a difference.

I write this as frank as possible and while reading this I want you all to remember that standing up to bullies, trolls and abusers is called having courage. I have found through talking to many people over the years that those who are bullied are made to feel like they have done something wrong to warrant such cruelty towards them.  This is how clever the bully can be, but there is nothing clever about making someone feel wrong, worthless, degraded and making their life miserable. Statistics from Stonewall show exactly how LGBTQ+ bullying has increased over the years, and during lockdown with more people taking to social media this will only increase once again

As Harvey Milk once said

“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential”

Together with BulliesOut we will support you, we are there for you. We care, so if you are having a tough time through bullying please reach out to us, talk to us and together we will get through this – I promise you.

Ray Jorden

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