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Gay Suicides

Sia's Dilemma: Does Working With Eminem Validate His Hate Speech Against Gays?

Keo Nozari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Keo Nozari

I wrote to Sia on Twitter and expressed my disappointment. I wasn't expecting a reply, but, to my surprise, she responded and thoughtfully listened, and we proceeded to have a lengthy (by Twitter standards) conversation.

Yes, Suicide Is a Gay Issue

Michael Carosone | Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

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.

Homophobia's Cruel Mother's Day

Rob Watson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

The Friday before Mother's Day, my work associate asked me for a favor. "I may need to work altered hours on Monday, if that is OK," she started. "I have a memorial service that I need to go to." And then, almost under her breath: "It was a suicide."

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Prompts Spike In U.S. Military Suicides, Anti-Gay Pundit Claims

Posted 01.31.2013 | Gay Voices

The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins slammed the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community yet again, linking the controversial re...

Bullying And Suicide: Ending The Denial

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Bullying must not be seen as simply a "youth problem" but as resulting from larger societal issues. Institutional bullying and harassment do not exist within a vacuum but reflect and actually reproduce the messages and actions stemming from the social environment.

Gay Utah Teen Commits Suicide After Allegedly Being Subjected To Bullying In School

Posted 04.29.2012 | Gay Voices

Friends and family are mourning the death of Jack Reese, a gay Utah teen who took his own life last week after allegedly being subjected to anti-gay b...

Nearly 20 Percent Of Taiwan's Gay Community Has Attempted Suicide: Report

Posted 05.25.2012 | Gay Voices

Taiwan may be considered relatively accepting of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents, but a new study suggests many in the com...

Minnesota School District Fights Back Against Anti-Gay Bullying Claims Made In Rolling Stone

Posted 02.08.2012 | Gay Voices

A Minnesota school district is fighting back in the wake of a controversial Rolling Stone article which drew attention to its treatment of lesbian, ga...

Gay Washington Teen Commits Suicide After Reportedly Enduring Cyberbullying

Posted 02.06.2012 | Gay Voices

Family members and friends are distraught over the death of a Washington teen who reportedly killed himself because he was bullied by his classmates f...

Michelangelo Signorile

Tyler Clementi's Older Brother Speaks Out On Suicide, Coming Out And Media Barrage

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.08.2012 | Gay Voices

The older gay brother of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman who took his own life in 2010 after his roommate allegedly used a webcam to t...

Eric James Borges' Final Words Revealed

Posted 01.29.2012 | Gay Voices

A published excerpt from a suicide note and comments made by friends at a memorial service are shedding new light on a gay teen filmmaker who took his...

WATCH: Epic 'It Gets Better' Video Features High-Energy, Lady Gaga Dance Number

Posted 01.27.2012 | Gay Voices

The latest in the ongoing series of "It Gets Better" campaign videos is an energetic high school musical number that's certain to knock your socks off...

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

Posted 03.27.2012 | Gay 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 03.21.2012 | Gay 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.

Religion, Family, and Gay Teen Suicides

Aaron Anson | Posted 03.18.2012 | Gay 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.

Our Community's Lack of Internal Cohesion May Contribute to LGBTQ Suicides

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 03.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

By ignoring our lack of internal cohesion and constantly blaming all of our unhappiness on other people, we are missing the opportunity to decrease incidents of suicide in our community.

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

Jonathan Fast | Posted 01.22.2012 | Gay 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..."

It Got Better For Me... But That's Not Good Enough

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 01.21.2012 | Gay Voices
David Valdes Greenwood

It wasn't inspiration that got me off that bridge but a person who saw a boy in a perilous place. Fewer kids will die when it's not just their parents or their gay and lesbian peers but our entire society that is keeping an eye out on their well-being.

Sticks, Stones, Words and Cyberspace: The Bullies on the Playground Just Got Bigger

Rev. Gwen Thomas | Posted 12.20.2011 | Gay Voices
Rev. Gwen Thomas

I am fueled by passion. It's not the same as the passion that comes from finding my son hanged to death. It can't undo any damage I may have unknowingly done to someone. It is my attempt to do what I can to help all children.

An Open Letter to Any LGBT Teenager Considering Suicide Right Now

Noah Baron | Posted 12.11.2011 | Gay Voices
Noah Baron

I know how you feel -- six years ago, I was where you are now. I felt isolated, scared, damaged; I thought the only way out was by ending my life. I'd been hiding who I was for years by that point.

Heal Homophobia and Save Our Youth

Jason Mannino | Posted 12.09.2011 | Gay Voices
Jason Mannino

This article is my third in less than three years about teen bullying and the tragedy of suicide among LGBT youth. Today, I write an almost identical article with practically the same statistics that I have written for the past two years.

Ending Bullying: A Community Obligation

Thomas Krever | Posted 12.07.2011 | Gay Voices
Thomas Krever

For Jamey, and potentially many more young people in a similar situation, being told and believing that "it gets better" is not enough. For Jamey and these other youth, the situation must be made better -- now.

An Open Letter To Heterosexual Americans

Justin V Bond | Posted 11.27.2011 | Gay Voices
Justin V Bond

What is needed to create real change is real action on the part of our heterosexual citizenry. After all, these are your children who are driving other kids to suicide. Where are they learning that it's "OK to hate"?

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.

No More Numbing Down: Fostering Love Over Suicide

Gerit Quealy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gerit Quealy

Love fosters empathy, and empathy lessens bullying, and fewer bullies means more people working together in caring and kindness rather than calloused and cruel myrmidons, toward equality.