Last night I was on Omegle in the gay tag talking to people, when a gay basher started talking crap, scum of the earth, not people, blah blah blah, After a while I mentioned that hes not going to make me feel bad of suicidal, and he says ‘I know, your proud, but there are plenty of other people on here who aren’t and are weak, and your just practice.’ And now I’m scared for other people. I tried to keep him busy for as long as I could but he disconnected.
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It’s wonderful to hear from someone who is confident and proud of their identity. As you accurately stated, there are many people who still do not have the support system required to develop a healthy self-esteem.
Being witness to any kind of bullying or abuse can bring up a host of emotions. It can make you sad, uncertain, or even angry. Standing up for others is admirable, but it is always a good idea to protect yourself in an aggressive situation. Many websites that offer community chat rooms or forums have the capability to monitor their users and the content that appears on the site. If you feel that someone is being inappropriate or abusive, you may want to flag or report them rather than trying to engage them.
No one has the right to bully another person and The Trevor Project offers several support options for those who need support or are looking for a safe community space. You may be interested in learning about TrevorSpace at www.trevorspace.org. It’s Trevor Project’s safe, online social networking site for LGBTQ young people ages 13 to 24, their friends, and allies. It’s a great supportive community where you can connect with others who might have had or are having the same questions that you’re having about your sexuality or gender identity.
If you or anyone you know ever needs immediate support, the Trevor Lifeline is open 24 hours 7 days a week: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR.
Thank you again for writing to us.