I am a 23-year-old gay female, and have spent weeks mourning the recent wave of suicide amongst LGBT students as a result of bullying, Congress's decision not to overturn Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and as always, the gay marriage issue.
I began writing in to my local paper what I perceived to be a very powerfully written editorial, but when I conveyed this to friends, I was told I'd be wasting my time. I live in the Bible Belt, and apparently, any time anything referencing homosexuality in any way, shape, or form appears in the paper, that prompts waves of other letters to rush in, completely attempting to invalidate the point.
I'm also wary about posting this with my actual name, as I'm a part of a major touring theatre program in my area, and we've been doing a lot of press for it. I'm afraid that if I opened my mouth, many organizations would bash the production itself because of my involvement.
I'd like to live my life thinking that I've done the right things and spoken out when it needed to be done, but it turns out I'm far too much of a coward.