There really isn’t much to say after watching this episode of DTV. Nearly everything I could’ve said was mentioned in the video by the Degrassi characters and Degrassi fans. I’ll reiterate that it’s really, really hard to ignore the nonsensical white noise that comes from the world…everyone will tell you to “be yourself” and then beat you down for doing exactly that, and they’re loud about it. But if you can tune out that crap and accept and love yourself, you’re golden.
I’m a straight guy with asexual tendencies sprinkled in, even though I know people have assumed I’m gay because I do things like watch “girly” shows, and you’re not going to see me dating a different girl every week (TRUE STORY: My roommate is gay, and even *HE* thought I was gay).
I never really knew anything about the LGBTQ community growing up as a kid. I think I knew of maybe one lesbian couple at my high school and that was it, and there was no discussion about it with my parents. In college, I met a few people who were gay or lesbian. It wasn’t until I jumped into the Degrassi online community (especially in the last 5 years or so) that I experienced a BROAD spectrum in terms of sexual identity from bi, pan, to even asexual. My logic toward people who are different has always been the same: I’m black, and if my race has experienced hatred and discrimination based on something as silly as the color of our skin, why in the world would I project such hatred on other groups?
And while it’s important to strong, confident and love yourself, it’s really cool when you’re able to find a group that doesn’t bat an eye at anyone’s sexuality. For me it’s the Degrassi fandom (which can also serve as a support group), but I also play tons of rec softball. People in general may make the stereotypical jokes about softball and sexuality, but when you’re out there no one cares about race/age/gender/sexuality because we’re all out there with the same goal: to have fun doing an activity we love.