Members of the LGBTQ+ community have unjustly had to endure hate and discrimination for years, and it's apparent that there are still bigotted individuals out there who can't view the world with an open and accepting mind.
But one student looks set to change all that...
The LGBTQ community is stronger than ever.Since the annual observance of LGBT History Month began in the U.S. in 1994, the growth and acceptance of this community has been absolutely staggering.
LGBTQ identifying people are prouder than ever before...And, because of the growing numbers of barriers being broken down, more and more people are coming out openly and proudly as LGBTQ.
But discrimination still lurks...Despite amazing development, an array of narrow-minded individuals who spread constant hatred and fear amongst this community are still in existence.
Discrimination comes in many different forms.
Whether it's in the form of cyber-bullying or in the form of a violent physical act, discrimination against the LGBTQ community is rife... But, never the less, no type of discrimination is okay.
These hate crimes are happening all over the world and it's not okay...It's a heartbreaking reality that hate crimes against the community still happen.
Education is key...It is common knowledge that those who discriminate against and abuse members of the LGBTQ community are often uneducated on the topic, and are lashing out against something unfamiliar to them.
And this is why education on the topic is so important...The more people that are educated about the community, the fewer hate crimes and attacks there will be against LGBTQ+ identifying people.
But it is a sad reality that, no matter what, there will always be people out there who are against the community...
And the Catholic Church is one of them.
But one Catholic school student has rebelled this week...
And the internet is loving it!
He shared his story on Reddit.
"I go to a Catholic high school, and they wanted me to write a paper on why gay marriage is "wrong and dangerous", so instead I wrote this 127-page paper."
"It has become evident--through laborious and rigorous study, work, and reflection--that Christ never condemned homosexuality, God never condemned homosexuality, and nor does the Bible condemn homosexuality," he wrote.
"There is no evidence that the Bible condemns loving relationships, but rather lust, violence, and greed."
"The very notion that, in any way, the Bible even remotely condemns loving, gay individuals or their right to marry, is ridiculous and unsupported."
"Therefore, to suggest that God or Jesus would ever object to a loving, devoted, loyal marriage between two same sex individuals is laughable."
"On the contrary, Jesus Christ would never condemn love."
You can read the full paper here.