For one of our classes, we have recently been studying the holocaust. Most of this stuff we're looking at is about tolerance and change. One of the things our teacher wants us to do is enter this contest set by the Washington State Holocaust Center.
It's either an essay or some art project. You can do either. It's supposed to be about "how can we build a more tolerant world, and how will this affect us?".
I have a few ideas I might write about...
But one of the things I was wondering was should I use my own gayness to make a more powerful essay? I'm white, brown haired, european descent, well enough off family. I'm not exactly in the throes of discrimination. Basically, all that I have to use as personal reference is my gayness and homophobia.
I don't want to USE my gayness... I don't want to use it to try to accomplish some sort of agenda...
Pro's: I can use it to put a LOT more feeling and depth into the essay, and probably get a better score in the process... And, this may seem stupid, but it just FEELS right.
Con's: I don't want to use my gayness with some sort of agenda. I don't exactly come out to everyone on the street, and I don't know these contest people. The teacher will read the whole thing, and it will basically be me giving a lot of personal info to my teacher, and a bunch of other people I never have and never will meet.