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Letter to the editor: A word is a very powerful thing

Pride Society president accepts Quesnel Ambassador’s apology for disrespectful Snapchat
Half of the respondents in a recent community needs survey by the Quesnel Pride Society said in the last 12 months, they have been the subject of homophobic jokes and slurs. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)

Re letter to the editor: I am sorry to the people who were hurt by my words

I met with Jaeana Dumais in person to discuss the Snapchat message that circulated so quickly. We discussed how difficult it is being a teenager, let alone a queer teenager, especially in a conservative town. I talked about our survey earlier this year of our LGBTQ2S+ community, and the insults, rejection, threats, and harm many have experienced.

A word is a very powerful thing.

Words can harm people for decades while bruises and breaks heal quickly. At their extreme, words such as were posted can push a queer teen or young adult to suicide.

I have accepted Jaeana’s apology. I believe she is sincere and has learned a harsh lesson. The apology, sending it to the newspaper, posting the apology on Facebook and Snapchat were all Jaeana’s ideas. It is tough to face the wrath of your peers, and the potential humiliation in your community.

I applaud her courage to meet, to post these apologies, and to follow through with learning of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Alison Prentice

President Quesnel Pride Society

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