I read "This is What They're Dealing With" and it made me think about my mom.
My mom is a lesbian. I don't live with her, but I've met some of her girlfriends. I liked this story because I know how Daryl realized how people treat homosexuals. I have never heard anyone make fun of my mom. I even told my friends and kids at school she's a lesbian. People didn't seem to care.
But then one day I saw a kid being made fun of. Kids were saying, "He looks, acts and talks like a f----t." These were the same kids I had told about my mom.
I don't think people should be judged on who they like. I just want to say Daryl was great to explain to people all across the world how he feels. Maybe he changed someone's perspective. Thank you for publishing this.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.