Gaytard: A Joke or a Nametag?

Sunint B.

A teenager fast food worker was forced to wear a nametag with gaytard written on it, as he was gay. Tyler Brazndt, a 16-year-old working at taco bell filed a complaint because of discrimination. Apparently, his boss would verbally abuse him and call him names. One day, he invited Tyler into his office, and told him that if he wanted to keep the job he had to wear the nametag. Tyler agreed, as he didn’t want to lose his job, however he felt humiliated in front of his coworkers and customers. “I would always stay behind the till so they couldn’t see the name tag, I didn’t want them to see it, but even though they couldn’t see it, he (my boss) would still come around and call me by the name across the store and customers would notice.”
Tyler expressed. After he had enough, Tyler quit the job, and went to authorities to file a complaint.

Tyler holding the nametag with the word “gaytard” on it.

Tyler holding the nametag with the word “gaytard” on it.

This incident is one of many that have shown the discrimination against gay people in society. Today in schools the word gaytard, and similar slurs are being common jokes, but young people don’t realize the implications of how what they say could ruin possibly their future and entire life. Many teens seem to find this as a joke, however it’s serious, and this incident shows just how serious it can be.


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