IDP essay

Topics: LGBT, Gay, Homosexuality Pages: 2 (603 words) Published: October 27, 2013
Young Leader Scholarship 2012

ESSAY

One of the characteristics of a good leader is their ability to influence others. If you could have a conversation with a well-known leader or famous person, who has influenced you, who would it be and what would you talk about?

Name: Tran Dao My Linh
Date of birth: 03/10/1996
School: Nguyen Hue High School for Gifted Student
Mobile phone: +841638135573
Email: linhlun310@gmail.com

There is nothing more crucial to success than the ability to exert influence over others. People whose impacts still live until today are great leaders. Harvey Milk was one of them. I really want to have conversation with him.

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. During his career in politics, he encouraged more and more gay and lesbian people come out of closet. Milk conducted campaigns, joined the parades, made speeches... to promote human right of LGBT people despite many discriminations and threats from opponents.

At that time or even today, gays and lesbians have been treated with contempt and violence by their fellow citizens. There are still many different misconceptions about gays. Many people think that gays are pedophiles, or that gays recruit others to become gay. Everyday I can realize discriminatory behaviors against gays and lesbians in my school. My best friend is gay. When word spread among other students that he was gay, they subjected him to constant harassment and called him by ridiculous name. At first, I was shocked when he told me his sexual orientation. I thought he was kidding and tried to persuade him that he were mistaken. But when I know more about LGBT community, especially when I saw “Milk” – a film about Harvey Milk’s life, about his struggle for LGBT community’s human rights and his romantic relationship, I changed my attitude. Honestly, I really admire Milk and his...
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