I want to sincerely apologize for the way my article portrayed my feelings about the LGBTQA community. My intention was to say that no matter what, you should stand up for what you believe in. I do not hate those who are part of the LGBTQA community. I love them as much as I love the others around me in my class and I do believe that it is good and right to seek to understand their point of view. In the article, I was trying to distinguish that many in the classroom didn’t agree with what was being taught. I was NOT saying that they disagreed with trying to learn how to be kind and accepting of those within the LGBTQA community. Those who left did not find what was being said in line with their personal beliefs so they opted to not participate in the coming out activity that was encouraged by the representative of the LGBTQA representative in my class that day. I personally felt slightly ostracized when I did not want to participate in the activity and I saw many others feel uncomfortable as well but not do anything. Again, my purpose was to encourage all to speak up for what they feel is right and true and that no one should feel that “palpable peer pressure” that I and many others did that day. Again, my deepest apologies.
Sincerely, Chelsea Heaton