For the non violent responders, you may not want to read this.
You were warned.
I went to HS is a small town in south Ga after being raised in New Orleans in a number of very violent public schools and some amazing expieriments in private education. I started with martial arts at 9 (akido) and continued until I was 15.
I had been in south Ga for about three weeks, didn't know what a closet looked like as I had never needed one before, and the jocks on the baseball team took exception to my exisitence. One of them engaged in some serious flirting with me and asked me to meet him at the gas station where he worked after school for some "fun". when I got there 9 guys were waiting for me, two with baseball bats.
I put 7 of them in the hospital and then drove myself home. I don't remember most of the day, I walked (see stumbled) back to my car and got myself home.
2 days later a group of 15 guys showed up at our house while my parents were out (my dad's a preacher, knowing when he's not home isn't hard and we lived in the parsonage) My twin and my baby brother joined me in educating the locals that we were not to be treated with this way. All 15 of them made it out of our yard, but thier trucks didn't. We forced their parents to come talk to our parents and us to get the keys back.
In the next month I made more friends in the closet than I knew exsisted in this small town.
Three years later, when my gay baby brother started HS, he was able to walk down the hall holding his bf's hand and was unmolested and in fact was supported by friends and school staff (the same school staff that let me get in fights and did nothing about it when I was there)
When I went back for my ten yr reunion ( I was in town for a funeral, not the reunion. Just to be clear) One of the guys who had tried to bash me asked me out to dinner. I delcined, and still was impressed with who he had become. Didn't want to have dinner with him, and happy he has grown.
In short, violence is not THE answer, and it is A answer and it does generate change, just faster and some would say in a more costly way. Personally, I am not content to wait for the system to change, nor am I here to be trod upon. I am a human of equal stature and will not accept the treatment of my self or those I love as less by anyone. Most bigots are accustomed to being able to drive over what ever they please as they are essentially bullies. Bullies are weak. Break them so they can be some thing else.