By: Arianna Johnson
Even in 2015, there is still a heated debate as to whether people of the LGBTQA+ community should have the same rights that straight people have. According to the Smithsonian about 20% of the world’s population describes themselves as gay.
“I think they’re human rights. Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” said English Teacher at Attleboro High School (AHS), Meredith Silva. “I am a part of the community. I believe I was born this way.”
Silva thinks there can be more done by society to make people of the LGBTQA+ community more accepted. “Greater visibility. Visibility lends itself to familiarity and that lends itself to acceptance,” Silva said.
Silva is one of the head coordinators of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club held at AHS. With dozens of students in the club and by her side, she is looking forward to making the club even better than it is now.
Every year at AHS there is a campaign held by the LGBTQA+ club called Day of Silence, also known as DOS.
It is a day where people in the club and those who wish to participate don’t speak at all the whole day. It’s meant to have people understand what it feels like to be subjected to silence because of who they are.
“The campaign needs to evolve into something more proactive and relevant,” Silva said.
Some believe that the awareness of LGBTQA+ should be doing more to spread their word. Others believe they’re doing just enough.
“It’s happening naturally and will continue to do so,” said Alisa DeLage of Quincy MA. DeLage is a proud supporter of the Gay Rights movement.
“Overall, I do think there is more of an acceptance of all people as we move forward as a society. That has been displayed through history with the various human rights movements that have changed laws and transformed our country and our world,” said DeLage.
“I know many people who are gay, from all parts of my life, of all ages, races, and backgrounds,” said DeLage.
DeLage said that being a 29 year old woman who has lived in different states and cities in Massachusetts; she has seen the world in many different lights and has had a fair share of seeing people not being accepted. But she has also seen how the world can be so accepting.
“I believe that people can be born the way they are,” said AHS senior Sierra Chauncey.
Society is in a current divide as to whether gay individuals are born the way they are or choose to be this way.
“I think people can become that way too. You are whatever you want to be,” said Chauncey.
“I agree that people are born that way. Lady Gaga’s song is a great representation and what I think LGBTQA+’s have been trying to say,” said AHS senior Isabella Pacheco. “No one deserves to feel alone.”
“I think people are a lot more accepting of gay people nowadays,” said Gloria Fournier of Norton.
Seeing how the world used to be, Fournier thinks that America is on the road to acceptance of all. She sees the change.
“It used to not be that way. But soon I think it will be just as normal as liking the opposite gender,” Fournier said.
“I don’t think there is anything more people of the community can do. They’re displaying affection for the one they love,” said senior at AHS Jennifer Aquino.
“I think it’s time people not a part of the community start to voice for the people in the community and let them know they’re not alone,” said Aquino.