Homo Student Activities
posted by September 13 at 15:27 PMon
Where were these guys when I went to high school?
Some poor kid in Nova Scotia shows up for his first day of high school wearing a pink shirt. Ten bullies surrounded the kid, mock him, and threaten to beat him up—because wearing pink means you’re a homo.
The next day, Grade 12 students David Shepherd and Travis Price decided something had to be done about bullying.
“Itís my last year. Iíve stood around too long and I wanted to do something,” said David.
They used the Internet to encourage people to wear pink and bought 75 pink tank tops for male students to wear. They handed out the shirts in the lobby before class last Friday—even the bullied student had one.
“I made sure there was a shirt for him,” David said.
GLSEN should give ‘em a medal, says Towleroad.
UPDATE: Reading the Chronicle Herald story again, this detail jumped out at me…
When the bullied student put on his pink shirt Friday and saw all the other pink in the lobby, “he was all smiles. It was like a big weight had been lifted off is shoulder,” David said. No one at the school would reveal the studentís name.
Travis said that growing up, he was often picked on for wearing store-brand clothes instead of designer duds.
So these seniors empathized with a freshman being picked on by homophobic bullies—a kid that may not even be gay—because one of them was picked on because his family couldn’t afford designer clothes.
Why should we wait for GLSEN to pin a medal on these two kids? A lot of grown-up gay men out there are going to be moved by this story—I know it moved me—and a lot of grown-up gay men can afford designer clothes. And gift certificates for designer clothes. I’m thinking maybe we should thank Travis and David by sending the boys some gift certificates. They deserve all the designer duds their hearts’ desire.
What do you say, guys?