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SEXUAL TOLERANCECHFD 220The youth of today and yesterday face ridicule, profound hatred, and social biases inherited fromparents and friends. Joel Burns faced the same biases during the a period in the 1960’s when differentmeant your family and friends hate you because they were taught to. His address to the LGBTcommunity and parents of children who would later understand these new feelings gives power to beingdifferent. Discovering the interest that are not accepted as a teen creates a mental and emotional strainon a person. Thirteen year old Joel witnessing the It Gets Betterspeech could have given him hope toaccept his feelings sooner.
Children of all ages have experienced bullying of some kind whether from siblings, parents, andpeers. These bullying carries over into the interest a child develops. Interest that include potential lovers,hobbies, career choices, and physical activities. Joel Burn the teenager after hearing an older version ofhimself encourage other youths of the LGBT origins to stay alive and create memories worth holdingonto. He would have look on wanting to be the man he saw advocating for the lives of gay men andwomen. A teenager who may have experienced males of his age isolating him from any form of