How to Deal with a High Amount of Persecution

Dealing with a high amount of persecution is a common issue with young gay teens, as well as people who have done harmless but taboo actions in their communities. It's a common problem that has some common ways of getting dealt with. Here's how.

Steps

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    Realize that you are being persecuted because of a person's narrow-mindedness, and not because you are in the wrong. If your life choice isn't harming anyone, they have no right to talk to you that way.
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    If the persecution is happening at school, or at your workplace, write down instances when it happened and report it immediately. You may have laws that protect you from this kind of abuse.
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    If you are getting persecuted in the streets, be prepared to do one of two things: 1) Be the bigger person and don't react OR 2) Calmly remark that they are bigoted and should stop talking before they make themselves look even worse.
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    Do call people out on their hypocrisy if you feel it is necessary. For example, Christians, who are taught to love their neighbor, should not talk about hating gays or interracial couples.
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    Understand that ignorance can be curbed, but in some cases, is just unfixable.
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    Rally others to your cause, and get support. Bigotry is not cool, no matter what form it is. The more people who you can gather to help stand up for the cause, the better.
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    Consider venting to someone who you know sympathizes with you if the situation really is upsetting to you.

Tips

  • Remind people that public persecution makes THEM look bad, not YOU.
  • Take a deep breath and remember to calm down. You do not want to physically fight anyone unless it's absolutely necessary.
  • If you feel like your safety is being threatened, call the police.
  • Workplace laws as well as school laws prohibit persecution of LGBTQ individuals, as well as religious persecution and gender persecution. You can sue. Consider it an option.

Warnings

  • Don't escalate things into an argument, especially if you believe that the other person may turn violent.

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