My son got a haircut this weekend and on the way home he was very upset with his haircut because it was shorter than he had anticipated. I asked him what was bothering him so much about it. He replied that the kids at school were going to call him gay for getting a new haircut. Sure enough, he went to school yesterday and he told me that around 15 kids told him he was gay for having short hair. One of his responses to these hateful idiots was, "My hair looks just like yours. Does that make you gay, too?"
Unfortunately, I don't think these kids realize that by calling someone gay is hurting their "friends" feelings. They don't realize that one of their "friends" is scared to death to go to school looking different from the last time they saw him. Luke was able to stand up for himself, this time. Let's hope he is just as strong the next time something about him changes. What about the kids who aren't strong enough? I dread to think of how they may handle a situation like that.
I'm guessing that these hateful kids have parents, grandparents, guardians, whatever the case may be who are more than likely close-minded, hateful people and their children are listening to what they are saying at home. Do these parents feel it's not important to teach their children that people are different and it's okay to be different?
So the next time you look at someone and see their differences, don't judge them. Open your heart and your mind and you may find yourself a new friend!