A woman has spoken of being “bullied” for being lesbian in a shocking video posted online.
The video was uploaded to a social media site and has since been shared more than 8,500 times.
“It was just very, very scary, and I don’t know what to do.
I just felt like I had to hide,” she said.”
The people that were watching were just like, ‘Oh you’re gay?’
And I was like, no, no.”
Ms Zayla, from Sydney, said she was called “homophobic” by a group of men on the street and had been verbally abused and ridiculed by fellow gay men.
“I felt like my whole life was about me being a girl, being a woman, being in a relationship, being happy,” she told ABC News.
“And being gay just doesn’t feel good.
It’s just a negative label that I just don’t want to go through with.”
Ms D’Arcy said she felt the same way as Ms Zayka.
“You know, I feel like I’m on a roller coaster ride.
And I’m trying to keep going but I’m scared,” she explained.”
But I do believe in love and that I have the ability to make a difference.”
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was diagnosed with gender dysphoria at the age of 12.
“For me, it was about my identity, my gender, and being able to express myself and not be treated like a freak,” she added.
“If I were to just start transitioning to be a woman and start living a life that was normal and normal and I could live my life and not have to worry about it, I think I would be happy with that.”
The video shows Ms Zaryna being called “gay” by men on Sydney’s north-west coast.
She told ABC Radio NSW the bullying had started as soon as she came out to her mother.
“She just told me, ‘What’s going on?'”
Ms Zee said.”[She said] ‘You’re a freak and you’re a weirdo’.”
It just didn’t make sense.
It didn’t seem right to me.
“Ms Kavanagh said the bullying lasted for years and the only way to break the cycle was for Ms Zale to reveal her sexuality.”
Ms Zale said she wanted to be treated as equal with her male friends, but the bullying and stigma still hurt.””
It’s just one of those things where you just think ‘I can’t believe this is happening to me’.”
Ms Zale said she wanted to be treated as equal with her male friends, but the bullying and stigma still hurt.
“Being gay is a terrible thing and I’ve been told it’s wrong, it’s a bad thing and you shouldn’t be doing it, but I feel really isolated,” she stated.
“So I’ve just felt so ashamed and scared and really lonely.”
Ms Tuck said the video was a powerful reminder of the impact bullying can have.
“A lot of young people have been bullied and have been really hurt by it,” she commented.
“They’ve been really scared to go to school because they feel unsafe and they don’t feel safe being gay, and it’s really a shame that they have to live with that.”
We are a very big community of people who are so supportive of one another, but we’re all in this together and that’s what we need.