Earlier this week, I attended an event here at Wells Fargo to hear Ben Cohen speak about his Standup Foundation, which is dedicated to anti-bullying and removing homophobia from sports. In support of LGBT History Month and Bullying Prevention Month, I’d like to address this part of life in high school and college.
It’s hard to feel different when you’re growing up, in any way. There is so much pressure to fit in and not stand out for anything—I remember kids getting teased for doing the best in a class, or for being too skinny/ too fat/ too tall/ too short, getting stereotyped by their race, their gender, or their religion, and for whom they might love. I have my share of dents from these knocks, too, so it makes me happy now to see people come forward to say out loud that bullying is not okay. There are great resources out there including Safe Spaces to try to make schools a place free from intimidation, It Gets Better to reassure LGBT teens that life really does get better after high school, and the Trevor Project for those who are considering hurting themselves as a way out.
I am happy to work for a company that has earned a perfect 100% from the Human Rights Campaign and is celebrating 25 years of involvement with the LGBT community, because I also believe that people should be allowed to be the best version of themselves that they can be.