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SEXUAL TOLERANCEBy: APUSHuman Sexuality/
In our society today one of the most uncomfortable conversations or one of the most controversial ones remains being speaking up on opinions about the LGBTQ community. Society as a whole has struggled with this for as long as any of us could remember. Some have experienced it firsthand and others have seen how it affects those in the community. Joel Burns speaks a very strong message utilizing his public platform to reach more individuals, running therisk of it backfiring or being taken the wrong way. A message such as this one could be just whatan insecure LGBTQ youth would need to hear, it could also be triggering for an adult that is intolerant towards the community, but the experience could lead to the same adult becoming open minded.The message Joel gave to the public could, in many ways, save a life. That insecure LGBTQ individual is at higher risk of committing suicide, studies have shown that “more than 1.8million LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 24 in the U.S. seriously consider suicide each year”. Joel’s story could be what they need to see that change is possible for them. Their happiness should not be affected by the insecurity of others or the perspective of those that willnever understand. The conversation many are afraid to have could reassure an LGTBQ youth of their worth. It could give them that confidence they need to see that their uniqueness is a gift