As a student at Paso Robles High School with a gay family member, I feel concern about the struggles experienced by LGBT students. I believe our school system is doing the best it can, but it is ultimately up to students to support Gay-Straight Alliance clubs and defend LGBT rights.
My family member has had a hard time opening up to people about his sexuality. I took part in the Day of Silence organized by our GSA club, and it helped me realize how LGBT students feel when they can’t speak out about who they are.
We should all encourage LGBT students to be who they are and give them the respect they deserve.