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Gay Teen Suicide

Bully For You, Jerry Buell

John Shore | Posted 11.04.2011 | Religion
John Shore

I'm harboring deep trepidation for the beginning of this new school year. All those kids. All those Jerry Buells teaching them.

Michele Bachmann Silent On String Of Gay And Bullied Teen Suicides In Her District

Posted 09.25.2011 | Education

A string of suicides among gay and bullied teenagers in Minnesota's largest school district, Anoka-Hennepin Schools, has critics blaming the district'...

Q&A With Dan Savage: On Obama, Fox News' Shepard Smith and Success of 'It Gets Better' Project

Joshua Kors | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Savage caught the eye of the nation following a string of suicides by gay youths, when he and husband Terry Miller posted a video telling gay children that if they can hold on, life does get better.

The Truth Will Make Us Free: A Queer Year in Review

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

As the groundbreaking events of 2010 have demonstrated, it is the truth of the fundamental goodness of LGBT people and our lives that will make us free.

Gay Students Receive Harsher Punishments In School, Study Finds

Posted 05.26.2011 | Education

According to a Yale University study published in Pediatrics, gay teens are more likely to face harsher punishments than their heterosexual peers in s...

Remembering the Self-Violence on the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Pete Subkoviak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Pete Subkoviak

November 20th is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, which pays homage to transgender individuals around the globe who are murdered for being who they were born to be.

Coming Out Spiritually

Christian de la Huerta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christian de la Huerta

We are all needed now -- present, aware, actively participating. It is time to step up as teachers, healers, activists and leaders, into lives of purpose and service.

Jim Swilley, Georgia Megachurch Pastor, Comes Out To Congregation After Gay Teen Suicides

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Jim Swilley, the pastor of a Georgia megachurch, recently revealed to his congregation that he is gay. The 52-year-old father of four said that his wi...

Let's Hear from the Gay Teens for a Change

Thomas DeLorenzo | Posted 05.26.2011 | Politics
Thomas DeLorenzo

I know we are supposed to prepare them for what lies ahead. But I think we have a responsibility to insure their safety until they are adults.

Religious Leaders Must Preach Tolerance, Compassion Toward LGBT Community

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

At this stage it is no longer about the heated and divisive issues like gay marriage or "Don't Ask Don't Tell." It is now a matter of life and death. Religious leaders across this country: Please stand up and put an end to this national tragedy.

Come out, come out, whoever you are.

Ari Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ari Solomon

As anyone with a heart would be, I was devastated by the recent surge of suicides among gay teens. It's been good to see the media covering these stor...

Preventing Teen Suicide

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

We need to support connections beyond the peer group. And it's not enough to just 'encourage' these connections; let's rebuild our institutions so that they happen naturally.

Whatever Happened To Tyer Clementi?

Tom Davis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Davis

Whatever happened to the change that would come as a result, the kind of social and political change that would make a better life for those of every race, gender and sexual orientation?

VIDEO: Gay Men's Chorus Of Los Angeles Film 'It Gets Better' Video To Combat Teen Suicides

Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Via LA Times: The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles has just released their own version of the It Gets Better video, Dan Savage's project to show gay te...

WATCH: Clinton Tells Gay, Bullied Teens 'Tomorrow Gets Better'

AP / The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has joined the chorus of celebrities offering support to gay teenagers who are suffering ...

Responding To Gay Suicides: What Teens Can Do

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

Whether you're an ally or LGBT yourself, wherever you find yourself, you can make a difference, bit by bit, like the force of water eroding a stone.

How Religion Is Killing Our Most Vulnerable Youth

Bishop Gene Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bishop Gene Robinson

It's time for "tolerant" religious people to acknowledge the straight line between the official anti-gay theologies of their denominations and the deaths of young people around the country.

LGBT Teachers Still Fear Being Fired for Coming Out

Alex Blaze | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alex Blaze

I'm sure the Beaverton administrators don't consider themselves homophobes, but there's just something about gay people and kids being in the same room that just breaks something in their brains.

Combating Gay Teen Suicide: What Parents Can Do

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

I know that many parents find it difficult to discuss sexuality with their teens, but discussion is crucial if we want our teens to develop good self-esteem, embrace their own differences, and accept what is different in others.

Suicide Is a Choice When Being Gay Isn't

Bill Donius | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Donius

After decades of groundbreaking research on sexual orientation and sexual identity, is it possible some haven't gotten the memo? Growing up in our fast paced society is difficult enough, without having to hide your innermost thoughts from those closest to you.

Bullying, Teen Suicides Out of the Shadows

Stuart Biegel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stuart Biegel

The tragic story of Tyler Clementi has crystallized for many the complex harshness of peer mistreatment, the failure of education institutions to address the problem, and the brutal despair that too often results.

'A Prayer When I Feel Hated': Helping Prevent Gay Teen Suicide

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

The Christian community must reach out more compassionately to gay and lesbian youths. Here is a prayer I composed for all who feel excluded, rejected, marginalized, shamed or made fun of, in any way or place, religious or otherwise.

Gay Teen Suicides: People Of Faith, Step Up For Our Youth!

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

We, as fellow human beings, and especially as people of faith, must end this loss of precious life and step up to the challenge to fully welcome and shelter all our children -- no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Bullying and Gay Teens: Challenging the "Innocent" Bystanders

Mark Olmsted | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Olmsted

Kids live what they learn. But they can't learn what they're not taught. They've got to know if they show intolerance for intolerance, you'll be proud and protective, not punishing.

Tyler Clementi's Death: We're All Part Of The Problem

Gareth Higgins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gareth Higgins

On the basis of what we know thus far, I think we can guess this: Tyler Clementi died as a direct result of a culture of sexual shame in which institutionalized religion is the major investor.