gay teen suicide
During the spring semester of 2002, while I was teaching my creative-writing class at Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn, a student finally shared and read aloud a poem that he had just written. And after he read, our jaws dropped with amazement, our eyes widened with shock, our brows curled with concern, our hearts stopped with empathy, and our bodies froze with fear.
My youth was consumed by loneliness, feelings of not belonging, and thinking of ways to kill myself. I experienced many dark nights of the soul. And television saved me. Although I read a lot, I looked to TV for the noise to comfort me and make me feel less lonesome.
An Iowa community is reeling after a teen's suicide, the fifth to rattle the local high school over the past five years. The
According to the app's website: HuffPost Gay Voices itself is featured in the app with an entry that reads: "October 12, 2011
Many American bullies who victimize gay people do so confident, at one level or another, that they are furthering the cause of God -- just like the pastor up the street, or the pastor on the radio, or the pastor on TV, or the pastor at any of the "ministries" that trade in the hectoring of gay people.
Carlos' father Ray Vigil echoed those sentiments to NBC affiliate KOB-TV, noting, "We found out three years ago that he was
LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention Program Will Continue At San Francisco Schools Amid Staggering Statistics
"You already have to be out, or out as an ally, and you have to have parents that are okay with that," she said. "We wanted
Coming out isn't just healthy, necessary and liberating for gay people; everyone else benefits as well. Lies are destructive, not only to the person telling them but to everyone else who becomes collateral damage.
There are a lot of people working hard and spending a lot of money to make religion a hazard to LGBT people. Many other people of faith may deeply disagree with that treatment. However, when people of faith stand idly by, faith will continue to be a more of a hazard than a benefit.
When a gay teenager decides that life is not worth living, then I am the lesser for it, because your worth is my worth. Not so very long ago, I decided that I was worth the whole tomato. So are you.
I will celebrate my 48th birthday this week. Although I am undeniably middle-aged now, I feel as if I have lived two lifetimes. The number 48 is significant to me because I have lived twice as many years as my first boyfriend, who committed suicide when he was 24 years old.
As MLive pointed out in a second article, Pacheco's suicide was the second such case in Michigan's Genesee County. In January