I was raised Catholic, and I love my faith. I feel extremely close to God and I gladly except Jesus as my savior. I believe my religion has helped me and my life so much, but there have been parts of life where people in my religious life have made me feel worthless because of my sexuality.
I go to CCD, which is a program for kids and young teens to learn about God, and in my class (the older class) we discuss a lot of different stuff, mostly having to do with sex, because we’re all at that age where relationships play a big role in our lives and our teacher wants to keep us informed. We also discuss forgiveness a lot too.
So, one day we were sitting there, and we were discussing everything possible, and this one girl said “Does God hate bisexuals and gays?” My teacher was obviously stunned somebody would bring up gays. As if it was something you were supposed to just sweep under the carpet and pretend it didn’t exist.
She answered “Well, I don’t think he hates them… It’s possible if they truly were sorry, he might be able to forgive them. It’s not really my place, but if you know any gays or bisexuals you should probably turn them, because it’s not safe for them to live the lifestyle they lead”
Now, I don’t blame her at all for what she said, because she’s a great teacher, and has helped me grow in my faith so much, but hearing that made my heartbreak. I’m a 14 year old bisexual girl, and I feel as if God loves me as much as he would if I was straight. Nobody in that class knows about my sexuality, but hearing that still made me feel like I was being singled out.
I just pray for a day when we can all accept everybody no matter what there skin color, sexual orientation, religion, or anything else is. I especially pray for people who are supposed to be teaching and guiding people will learn be able to be more careful with what they say and how they teach. Hopefully, they’ll learn that what they say has an affect on us, and it’s not always a good one.
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