A Young Girl Is Treated Badly Because She's Straight In A Video That Gives Us All Some Perspective

As someone who cares greatly about equal rights and equal treatment, I have a lot of empathy for people who struggle for those things. This video really helped me to feel a very small fraction of what many people must experience every day.

And then, 20 minutes later, it ended and I got to go back to my regular life, which doesn't involve those struggles for me personally. But not everyone can do that, so I hope this video makes an impact on others the way it did on me.

Trigger warning: Violence and suicide depicted.

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[music]

Some people say that they are born the way they are destined to be.

Karen, it is a beautiful, healthy baby girl.

Oh, Lisa.

Some people say that it's a result of how you were raised.

We love you so much. We love you.

That's it. Good girl, you're so good, mommy's home.

The problem with that theory is that I had the best most normal parents anyone could've asked for.

She let me sleep today. She let me sleep for two hours. Show mommy how you do that. That's it sweetheart.

Growing up, I was a happy kid.

Happy birthday, Ashley.

Thank you.

We were really the picture perfect all American family. I was 5 when I knew I wasn't like my family, but it was at my uncles wedding that I had the first sinking feeling that I wouldn't grow up to be like them. Sometimes I wonder that if I had just ignored how that... made me feel, I could've turned out just like them, normal.

What do you want to play now?

I don't know. Want to play house? How about Ashley and I be the mommies, and you boys be our kids, and have to do whatever we say.

No fair.

Well, that's what mommies do.

Hey, how about we be the daddies and you do whatever we say!

Yeah.

No, way.

I've got an idea. How about David and I play mommy and daddy?

That's really weird.

No, it'll be fun.

That's really disgusting. What are you some kind of breeder?

No, I'm not.

Are too.

Am not.

Are too.

Am not.

Are too. Come on, David, we don't play with breeders. I'm telling everyone that you're a disgusting breeder.

I tried really hard just to be normal after that.

Hey, guys, you did such a great job in [suicide sing] today. It made me cry.

Thanks, I thought it went pretty well too.

I wish Juliet's part was for a girl.

Ashley likes boys.

Ashley likes boys.

Ashley likes boys.

Ashley likes boys. Ashley likes boys. Ashley likes boys. Ashley likes boys.

Oh, Ashley, you're so beautiful, kiss me.

Dude, you coming?

Ashley, did you tell your mom that you got cast in the school play, hum?

School play? I thought we decided you were trying out for the football team.

I didn't make the team.

What? After all the coaching I paid for?

I'm sorry, mom. I'm just not coordinated.

But you're coordinated enough to act? Isn't that for boys?

No, it's for girls too. We're doing Romeo and Juliet, I'm playing the nurse.

That's wonderful. Isn't it, honey?

Did you know that Shakespeare wrote it for his true love, Duchess of South Hampton?

Duchess? Shakespeare was a heterosexual?

Yeah. Well, he loved her so much, but he couldn't divorce his husband. He wrote Romeo and Juliet to express his love.

Who told you that?

Oh, Mr. Thompson.

Who is he?

The drama teacher.

I need to make a call to that school.

Mm-hmm.

Did you see who moved in down the street?

No.

A hetero couple.

How do you know?

I saw them getting out of their car. He put his arm around her, and they have a pink and blue flag on their bumper.

Well, that is really blatant.

Ashley, I want you and Cooper going around the other way to school.

That's twice as long.

I don't care. I'm not going to have you exposed to that perverted lifestyle, men and women living together. It's a sin. It makes me just sick thinking about it. It's so revolting. Honey, can I get some more bread?

In light of recent events in the Netherlands, where heterosexual marriage is allowed, Pope Joan VII wants to remind Catholics all over the world, that the church has not changed its stance on this issue.

Her holiness reminds us, and I quote, "It is a sin for a man to lust after a woman. It is an abomination for a woman to lie with a man outside of the breeding season. Any such person harboring lust in their heart for the opposite sex will burn in hell." Let us pray.

Forget you're a 'ro, 'ro.

[Clovis], what are you doing in the boys bathroom? Come on all of you, get back in class, come on [Holly] get going. Ashley, over here. You know, Ashley, this school has a zero tolerance policy for this kind of behavior.

Imagine if your mothers had seen you holding hands with a boy in public. I should really call both of your parents, but I'll let this be punishment enough.

Thank you, sir.

This is just a phase that you're going through. You'll grow out of it.

Yes, sir.

You know, Ashley, maybe if you got yourself a girlfriend all this teasing would stop. Now, finish cleaning up, and get back to class.

I really did hope that it was just a phase like Mr. Thompson had said, but then I remembered how strong Ian's hand felt, and what the thought of kissing him did to me. I knew that it wasn't a phase, and I hated myself for it.

. . . all to the world for nothing. He dared me to come back to challenge you, and if you do it must be by stealth. I think it best you marry with the [county]. Oh, he's a lovely gentleman.

I can't do this anymore.

What? I thought you liked me.

I do, did. Look, my brother found out. He threatened to tell my parents. They'd kill me if they found out.

No, they wouldn't. They love you.

You don't know my dads. My aunt Sarah came out, and the entire family cut her off. We're not even allowed to say her name. Poppa says God hates breeders, and they're all going to burn in hell.

Well, can I kiss you just one last time? Please, I don't know when I'm ever going to get to kiss a boy again.

Gotcha!

What are you doing? Get away from me!

Ian.

I don't know why she keeps touching me like this. I was just trying to be nice to her. I hate you, Ashley Curtis. Stay away from me.

That's the problem. You can't be nice to heteros, but you can always teach them a lesson. Grab her!

You can run you little 'ro, but you won't get away!

Come on. We'll play smear the queer!

Yeah!

Grab her!

This is the little queer bait that tried to hold my brothers hand.

He wanted me to.

No, he didn't. You forced him.

We saw her kiss him, just now. Didn't we?

Yeah.

You frickin' breeder. Grab her!

You queer. Smear the queer.

Smear the queer. Smear the queer. Smear the queer. Smear the queer. Smear the queer. Smear the queer. Smear the queer.

Do us all a favor 'ro, [in tour] yourself.

Beth, yes, it's Karen. Ashley didn't come home, and she's left school.

Why didn't you pick her up?

Ashley?

I know, but she hasn't been home from school, and, right. Well, that was 2:45, and it's over six here.

Ashley? Ashley, what the hell happened to you?

I'll call you right back.

Oh, my God. Not again.

Oh, Ashley, baby, sweet, what happened?

Who did this to you?

Look at me.

Ashley, who did this to you?

Nobody.

Well, you didn't do it to yourself now did you?

That's enough. Honey, please just tell us.

Who did this to you? I want to know right now.

Paula Snyder, Andrew [Sangilini].

Oh, Ashley, honey.

All right, then, march yourself upstairs. March upstairs and get yourself cleaned up. And you're going to start karate lessons tomorrow. You know, I'm not going to have my kid get beat up every day.

This is your fault.

It is not my fault.

You coddle her.

I don't coddle her.

You would not let me punish her after... come after us.

Oh, God since she was 8 years old. What am I supposed to do?

Yeah, well, I am not going to have a breeder growing up in this house!

You think I want her to be a breeder?

I don't know! This isn't normal! I don't even know what's going on with her!

Kids don't act like this, OK.

Listen to me.

No, I'm not listening to you anymore because obviously something is going wrong with her.

Fine. Fine, so maybe we just pack up the house, and maybe we just move.

Yeah, let's just move.

The same things going to happen in the next town.

Something is wrong with her. I don't understand. I don't know what's going on with her. She just doesn't act like a normal child.

Fascist breeder! We're watching you.

It's OK for Cooper to have a sister who's a breeder?

OK. We're going to move.

Fine, fine, let's move, because you know what.

What if she gets beat up at the next place.

Well, you know what Cooper's going to get beat up here if we stay here. Cooper's going to get beat up too!

It's mom.

Ashley likes boys.

Why does everyone hate me?

Ashley . . .

Maybe there's a hetero heaven.

Ashley.

Oh, my god! Oh!

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The short film titled "Love Is All You Need?" was created by Kim Rocco Shields. You can follow her on Twitter.

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