It highlights a few openly gay middle schoolers across the country and discusses both positive and negative experiences they’ve have. As the author says,
"Though gay kids in the South and in rural areas tend to have a harder time than those on the coasts, I met gay youth who were doing well in socially conservative areas like Tulsa and others in progressive cities who were afraid to come out."
The article also addresses the fact that far too many teachers simply let anti-gay language slide, not stopping kids from saying that's so gay, about things they don't like, or ignoring it when they call each other f** as an insult.
Sadly, despite laws that forbid harassment, anti-gay bullying still goes unchecked in hallways and classrooms across the country. Teachers and administrators, who would never allow a racial slur to slip by unchecked, don't bother to step in when kids make homophobic comments.
As the article reminds us, though we have come a long way (even fifteen years ago, the idea that a pre-teen could come out at school would have been pretty unthinkable), there is still a long way to go.
Did any of you come out in middle school? If so, what was the experience like?