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Jodie Foster Comes Out of the Closet

January 24, 2013
By Jocelyne Aguilar of South Houston High School

Jodie Foster has ended years of rampant media speculation when she fearlessly came out of the closet while accepting her Cecil B. Demille award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.  After hiding her sexuality for so long she came out to all her fans and other loved ones proudly.  She was brave to come out, and no matter what, she is still the beloved Jodie Foster we know and love.

Coming out must be hard for those who are hiding their sexuality.  Some fear that they will not be accepted by their loved ones or that they won’t love them anymore.  Others may fear the bullying and discrimination they may face. Gay and Bi students here at SHHS aren’t afraid though.  They are proud of who they are.  Some say they do face discrimination, but most of the time ignores it.  A fellow junior Trojan [anonymous] says he is used to the discrimination.

“I’m bi”, he said. “So many people discriminate me for being bi.  They pick on me, make fun of me, but I got used to it.  It used to bother me, but not anymore. It’s not a big deal to me anymore.”

The anonymous student said he tries to stop others from discriminating on gays and bi people.

“But I’m only bi”, he said.  “I can’t imagine how a gay person must feel when people discriminate against them.”

Well, a fellow gay student named Dajah Bradley answers the anonymous student’s question proudly.

“Not a lot of people discriminate against me”, said Bradley.  “They don’t discriminate because almost everyone I hang out with is gay or bi, so why would we judge each other?”

Bradley says she is proud to be gay and isn’t afraid to be herself.  She is ok to be who she is around people, and is not the least bit afaid to be judged.

“I am proud to be gay. I don’t hide it from people….except my parents.”

Bradley admits to keeping her sexuality a secret from her parents, but no specific reason why.

“I felt good coming out of the closet”, said Bradley.  “I didn’t tell my mom, and I don’t plan on telling her right now.”

She also admits to ignoring discrimination that she faces.

“I really don’t care what people say about me”, said Bradley.  “I’m going to be who I am until the day I die and there is no changing the way I am, even if certain people don’t like it.”

Many gay and bi students are proud to be who they are.  And many say that most people are very nice to them.  Like bi student April Rangel who said, “We have our own club here at school where people are very nice and accepting towards us.”

So remember students, don’t be afraid to be yourself.  Whether you are gay or bi, or just nervous to be yourself in any way, remember there is no shame in being who you are.

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