We got this submission from nine-year-old Amaya who says she’s concerned that many children are being rejected by their families because of their sexuality or gender identity. She hopes that kids will read this article and understand that they don’t have to be afraid, and that they are not alone.
Hello! My name is Amaya and I am 9 years old, and I want to talk about being a lesbian child.
There are many different types of sexuality…
Such as being “straight,” which is what people THINK is the norm, but really, it is not. Everyone has their own sexuality, whether people like people of the same gender, different gender, or if they like both, or even none at all!
Not knowing your sexuality is troubling
I went through it, and I was scared. I wanted to know about myself, and not knowing was scary. You may go through this stage sometime, but if you’re going through puberty, you most likely will find out soon.
What to do if you’re being bullied
Being gay is “bad” to some people. Some people feel it’s wrong, and they have their reasons, but these reasons are mostly quite stupid. Love is something we cannot control. It’s not a choice, but some people think it is.
If someone bullies you for being gay, you know what you can do? Go to an adult you trust. If they say that your sexuality is wrong, well, the world is horrible, but hope is not lost. There is someone out there who will love you for being YOU. Because you are amazing. and no one is like you, and that makes you SPECIAL.
Many children, teenagers, and adults have killed themselves because they were either pushed to be different, bullied, or not accepted by their own families for being themselves, and many people have been working to help the people who are young and afraid. There are marches all over the place to support peoples’ sexualities, and it’s amazing.
Yes, telling your parents might be hard
I was very lucky out of many people. My parents are bisexual, and they don’t feel it’s wrong that I am lesbian.
If you too feel lesbian, telling your parents might be hard. But if they can’t accept you for being you, try to help them understand. If they can’t accept it, they may say something like, “It’s just a phase.” They’re saying that because you’re young, and your parents may feel that you’re not old enough to understand. But you know yourself better than anyone. I encourage you to be open to your parents about your feelings, and if their response hurts your feelings, let them know. If they cannot accept you, the ones that are supposed to LOVE and CHERISH you, go find help. Try to access the phone and ask someone to help you. No one should take away who you are, and put down a replacement of what they want you to be.
People are not building blocks to be replaced by different ones. Everyone is different. It’s something we should cherish, not something to stop.