Last week’s story on how gay groups such as PFLAG are apparently recruiting children into the LGBTI community and lifestyle seriously boils my blood.

At face value, to an ignorant bigot, I can see why some things that we as a community do could be seen as recruiting — to an ignorant bigot.

Yes, we do celebrate our sexualities and try to normalise it within society. Yes, we do encourage people to be themselves, no matter their age.

But if creating a world where there is no discrimination based on sexual orientation, and helping people be themselves is seen by some as more of a shady ‘militaristic’ enlistment program, well, I think that reflects more on the idiocy of these blind bigots.

I searched the internet for some stories on gay recruitment, most of which seem to occur in the USA. Disgusting to say the least.

Not disgusting because of the content, but just disgusting how little these people seem to understand about LGBTI people and organisations.

I wasn’t aware we were fighting to have the age of consent lowered. Were you? No? Well, that’s probably because we aren’t.

We did, however, ask to have the age of consent equal to that of our heterosexual counterparts. Because, you know, if a girl can take a pounding at 16, why can’t I?

We are also criticised for going into schools and saying that being gay is OK and you shouldn’t be bullied for it. These people obviously aren’t aware that teens are dying due to bullying by their kids in schools that we all pay for!

And they (mostly Christians and religious types, I will point out) have the audacity to say we are recruiting, when they openly evangelise in not only schools, but on the streets and even at your front door.

If I signed up to being gay, then it happened very naturally as I can’t recall signing any papers.

But years of depression, bullying and fear of not being accepted for who I am feel like just yesterday.

By JESSE MATHESON

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