Hey everyone, a bit of an eventful blog today. I’m physically, and mentally exhausted. My brain is so stuffed it’s a really stressful time of year. I’m going to talk about my lovely gym class adventures because it’s really relatable to the point of this blog.
So It’s about 1:50, gym class ends at 2:30. My friend asks me “Hey Kayla? What are you doing for your innovation project? And why did our teacher come out as a lesbian to the class?”. First of all, our teacher came out as heterosexual as a joke because we were going over a youth inclusivity survey which you guys will be able to take within a few months. Secondly, when I explained the entire project he started saying “But, there are only 2 genders!”. So I, having a non-binary best friend and a demi girl cousin, got defensive. I told him that there are 2 sexes, and then there’s intersex but that genders can go on and on. I can think of 33 gender identities that I’ve personally heard of.
Alright, so I explained the difference between gender and sex about 7 times but he still didn’t understand. He was laughing about it so I was getting ticked off. I was also really ticked off because the questions he was asking me were so unnecessary. Finally, the bell rang so I ran to go change. When I was headed to my locker he followed me. I was almost in tears because as I’ve mentioned before, I have really bad anxiety and I HATE being asked too many questions.
So as we are walking through the hall he says and I honest to god am telling the truth, “Well anyone who identifies as a gender different than what they are born with has been proven to be mental.”. This just completely made me breakdown. I turned around and stopped him in his tracks. I said, “(His name), If you say one more thing I’m going to cry, and I am a very ugly crier.” He wanted to say something. You could tell. But, my friends pulled him away because they could see the literal fear in my face. I was terrified. For the people who suffer through things like this being directed towards them, for the people who believe in this, and for people like me who constantly get caught in between.
Thanks for reading today everyone, I’ve cried 7 times today all for different reasons. I hope you all had a better day than I did. Love you’s, bye!