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Gay Teen Suicide

Gay Iowa Teen Commits Suicide After Allegedly Receiving Death Threats

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A gay Iowa teen has taken his own life after friends and family say that classmates sent him death threats on his cell phone and made him the subject ...

Tyler Clementi And The Dharun Ravi Trial: Why The Verdict Is Just

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

No jury that thought long and hard about the case could have returned with any other verdict. It is not the jury's job to think about sentencing or punishment. It is it's job to follow the law.

Be the Change, Help Prevent Teen Suicide

justin adkins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
justin adkins

What are you doing and... what are you looking forward to? Do something about teen suicide. Remind yourself of things you are looking forward to and tell a young person. It can make a world of difference.

Support Helps Deter Suicide Among Gay Youth, Study Says

Posted 02.15.2012 | Home

A good support system might be the key to helping deter suicide among gay youth, a new study suggests. The study, published in the American Journal...

WATCH: Matthew Shepard's Father Speaks Out Against Controversial 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The father of slain gay student Matthew Shepard has joined the chorus of dissenting voices urging Tennessee voters to resist proposed anti-LGBT legisl...

Queer Children Are Dying... But Many More Are Living

Tey Meadow | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tey Meadow

The media's singular focus on LGBTQ youth suicides creates a deadly echo chamber. The repetitive tale about our collective failure to address the pain felt by many LGBTQ youth doesn't translate into inspiration for the kids who are still here.

Elementary School Climates And Bullying Examined In New GLSEN Report

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Given that more and more youngsters are self-identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) at younger ages, a new report hopes to shed ...

Gay California Cheerleader Commits Suicide On New Year's Day

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The disturbing spate of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teen suicides continues with news that another California student has taken his ...

Religion, Family, and Gay Teen Suicides

Aaron Anson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Aaron Anson

I could hear the pain of abandonment in EricJames Borges' voice as he spoke about growing up in a deeply religious -- and deeply prejudiced -- home. This appears to be a common thread among every gay suicide I've had to ponder.

Child, Please: How Much Worse Does It Have To Get Before 'It Gets Better'?

David Groshoff | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Groshoff

I'm calling B.S. on the "It Gets Better" propaganda. As we unfortunately just learned, it didn't get better for EricJames Borges, who took his own life only a month after filming his video for the "It Gets Better" campaign.

LGBT Advocates, Students Slam Tennessee Anti-Bullying Law Change

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Less than one month after a local gay teen took his own life after allegedly being tormented at his high school, a proposed change in a Tennessee law ...

Another Teen Bullied To Death, Another Reason For A New Christianity

John Shore | Posted 02.07.2012 | Religion
John Shore

There are always myriad causes behind suicide. But that that does not alter the fact that the root cause of these tragedies is a strain of Christianity that continues to insist that homosexuality is an evil affront to God.

WATCH: Bullied Gay Teen's Poignant Video Series

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A bullied teen's poignant video has caught the eye of the blogosphere over three months after it was originally posted. The clip, simply titled "...

Helping End Bullying with the Kardashians, Demi Lovato and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Michael Moloney | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Moloney

This episode was one of the hardest shows I have done in my nine-year run on the series. There is a scene where I hold up Carl's clothes, which are so tiny -- it's so unfortunate to think about how much more this 11-year-old-boy had to give in life.

Why the Gay Teen Suicide Rate in the Anoke-Hennepin School District Is the Highest in the US

Jonathan Fast | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathan Fast

This summer two lawsuits were filed on behalf of six students in Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin school district. The students had endured "slurs, were stabbed with pencils, shoved into walls and lockers, punched, called names and urinated on..."

Some Traditions Should Be Changed

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education
Maggie Lamond Simone

Bullying, some would argue, is also a tradition. It's been happening for generations, and is often even passed down within families. The weapons change through the years, but the victims tend to remain constant, kids who are different.

Another Suicide: It's Not School Bullying... It's School Mugging

Wayne Besen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Besen

These kids are not getting bullied; they are getting mugged. If the same violent incidents occurred on the subway or at the grocery store, they would be considered mugging, and the perpetrator would be arrested for assault.

Putting A Halt To The Religious Right's Anti-Gay Rhetoric

Joseph Ward III | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

America's values are clear. Why then does the religious right continue to dominate the national conversation? It is time for us to put this nonsense to rest.

Was That 'My Kid'?

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When the news reports another innocent child driven to take their own life because of homophobia and bullying, I wonder if that kid is one of the many who have written to me. And more than that, I wonder if it is "my kid."

Gay Canadian Teen Commits Suicide, Cites Depression And School Troubles In Last Blog Message

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Jamie Hubley, a gay 15-year-old from Ottawa, Canada, committed suicide on Friday. The 10th grade student documented his life, including his depress...

WATCH: Dodgers' Powerful 'It Gets Better' Video

Posted 11.27.2011 | Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the latest sports team to lend their support to the It Gets Better Project against gay teen bullying and suicide. The '...

Are Christians Culpable in Gay Teen Suicides?

John Shore | Posted 11.24.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Just now practically everyone in the Christian blogosphere is writing and commenting about the recent Jamey Rodemeyer suicide.

Power and Bullies: Why Gay Kids Need School Choice

James Peron | Posted 11.22.2011 | Education
James Peron

Parents are free to remove their children and educate them someplace else, but that means they pay twice: once through taxes, and then again for the substitute they find. Many parents simply can't do this.

Christians And The Blood Of Jamey Rodemeyer

John Shore | Posted 11.22.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Jesus Christ died for your sins. That was unthinkably beautiful. Now Jamey Rodemeyer has died from your sins. That is not.

Mother Of Suicide Victim To Bachmann: Speak Out Against Gay Bullying

Posted 11.16.2011 | Education

The mother of a gay teenager who committed suicide last year arrived at Rep. Michele Bachmann's office in Waite Park, Minn. Thursday carrying a box wi...