I also hear from kids all the time who live in amazingly accepting and affirming worlds. Sadly, I also hear from kids who live in other parts of the United States, where being out in school is just as dangerous and just as difficult as ever.
It’s funny how we live in a country that’s divided so much. One high school senior got in touch with me just last week to tell me he’s out in school and that it’s never caused him any problems, but that he had been shocked to learn during online gaming that teenagers his own age were being forced into “conversion therapy” in different parts of the country.
I wrote about it his learning experiences and described him as having been “reality slapped.”
But like you say, kids today are fierce about justice and equality. He didn’t just feel sad about the teens he met who were suffering. He raised his voice up and tried to do something about it.
I have a lot of hope, even as I worry that things aren’t as rosy as they appear to some of us who live in privileged and progressive pockets of our very diverse nation.