I will never, ever, ever understand the reason behind censoring LGBTQ+ content from children (not talking about porn, of course) because the reality is that LGBTQ+ kids are never “innocent,” and let me explain that further to you.
When I was 4, I was watching Power Rangers, and Tommy Oliver (with that luscious ponytail) was just doing things to me that I couldn’t possibly understand. And how was I supposed to know what this meant? Because I had no LGBTQ+ content in my life to refer to. I didn’t know that being gay was even a thing until I hit puberty.
So, I considered that something may be wrong with me. I suppressed these feelings. I didn’t talk with my friends about them. I buried them behind layers of fear and anger. Even at as young as 4, I just knew, but because I didn’t have a way to articulate it – because I had NOTHING to relate to, I thought that I was broken, and that stripped me of the blissful ignorance most children have.
Now, in all fairness, even 20 years ago the world was a vastly different place. And in my parents’ defense, it’s not as if they purposefully censored me from anything gay-related. It just never came into the small bubble that was our life.
However, the world has since evolved. And no parent, internet company, government, or whoever, should be able to stop a questioning child from getting the answers they seek. What are you people so afraid of? Do you think that if they don’t see others, then they might not become? That’s not how it works.
The truth is, that LGBTQ+ children are never as safe and warm as children who go on to be straight. They question themselves mentally, constantly, and struggle to fit into social expectations from a very young age – when being a boy is all about being masc, and being a girl is all about being fem.
I promise you, that if they had the means to understand who they were from a younger age, then they might not judge themselves so harshly, and instead, try to understand themselves better. They won’t think “something is wrong with me and only me,” but they might find comfort in the fact that although they’re in a minority, they’re not alone. In fact, that might give them a sense of community.
Everyone seems to try their best to “protect” children, to keep them away from the “horrors” of the world. Sure, do that if you must. But you’re not protecting them from anything when you deny them the means to figure out who they are. You are suppressing them. You are isolating them. You are blocking off avenues that lead to knowledge, to acceptance, to comfort. Worst of all, you are teaching your children that their sexuality is a discussion worthy of restriction, insinuating that there is either something wrong with it, or it’s something they should avoid looking into. Both of those reasons will lead your child down a path of self-hatred.
To sum up: If you want to protect children, give them the means to learn who they are, and teach them that who they are is okay.
Down the twists and turns of the London alleyways, where Chinatown meets the high-streets, lies a small venue where unknown rock bands often play to crowds of less than one-hundred.
Isaac is nineteen, living on the sofa of his best friend’s brother – Eric – after his bible-loving parents tossed him aside because of his sexuality. After two years of struggling to make sense of his life, Eric and Charlotte convince Isaac to attend Red’s gig; an up and coming rock band with a small cult following.
All hell breaks loose and Isaac is left injured, with the whereabouts of his friends unknown and his body crippled on the ground. It’s then that the four members – Troy, Nicolai, Kyle and Moss – aid Isaac by infecting him with a ‘magical’ virus that grants immortality in exchange for consuming blood.
The ‘Paranorm’ world is exposed to Isaac. Vampires, werewolves and warlocks lurk in the depths of the city he has lived in his entire life, but he won’t become one with the night until he completes his nine-month transition, leaving him in the hands of the band and at the mercy of vampire politics.
About the Author
Born January 6th 1993, T. C. resides in the United Kingdom, living with his partner Peter Jones and their dog, Drake.
T. C. has had a passion for supernatural stories from a young age, often scribbling down his latest ideas instead of focusing on whatever task was at hand during the long school days. At the age of twelve, he penned his first romance story featuring himself and the boy he had feelings for set in a fantastical land full of werewolves and wizards. Ever since that day, T. C. has made it his mission to entwine his leading gay protagonists with epic paranormal adventures.