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Gay Teen Suicide

How Do We Stop LGBTQ Youth From Killing Themselves?

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

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.

Memories of a Gay Childhood

Jan Phillips | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Jan Phillips

I've been thinking of my own early years as a queer youth: how despairing I was, how wrong I felt, how terribly unseen and unheard. Then I remembered my suicide notes, how occasionally I would write one and leave it around to be found.

Is Everybody Gay? (It's So In)

Quincy LeNear Gossfield | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Quincy LeNear Gossfield

How many times have you heard someone ask, "Is everybody choosing to be gay these days?" Why, now that you mention it, my dear keen observer of universal truth, yes! And because of that, I now quit being gay! That's right, y'all. The jig is up.

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.

Town Reels After Gay Teen Becomes High School's Fifth To Commit Suicide In Last 5 Years

Posted 07.29.2013 | Gay Voices

An Iowa community is reeling after a teen's suicide, the fifth to rattle the local high school over the past five years. According to his mother S...

New App Brings LGBT History To Your Fingertips

THis Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices

In an effort to bridge new mediums of information-sharing and raise awareness surrounding a shared history of LGBT-identifying individuals, a new mobi...

Anti-Gay Christianity Claims Another Life

John Shore | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
John Shore

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.

Gay Teen Reportedly Takes His Own Life After Sending Heartbreaking Tweet

Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices

A gay New Mexico teen reportedly commit suicide after being subjected to intense bullying from his classmates. Seventeen-year-old Carlos Vigil pos...

Aaron Sankin

Study Reveals Terrifying Statistics About LGBT Youth And Suicide

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 06.08.2013 | San Francisco

Each year, one out of every three gay, lesbian or bisexual students in the San Francisco Unified School District reportedly attempts suicide. For tran...

Why Coming Out Benefits Straight People As Much As Gay People

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

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.

Father Of Gay Teen Who Committed Suicide To Set Off On Incredible Journey

Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices

The father of a gay Oregon teen who committed suicide in February is planning a cross-country tribute in honor of his son. As The Columbian is rep...

An Open Letter to Pastor Rick Warren

Stampp Corbin | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Stampp Corbin

Pastor Warren, the next time that you preach against LGBT equality, I hope you remember that it is helping to create a societal environment that causes LGBT youth to commit suicide.

Is It Time To Stop Covering Gay Youth Suicides?

Rob Smith | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

I don't want to ignore or cover up the issue, but I also don't want the outpouring of love and support for these victims to inspire any other impressionable gay youth in the wrong way. I don't want any more fallen angels.

Religion: Benefit, Hazard Or Both When It Comes To LGBT People?

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 04.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

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.

WATCH: Celebrity Makeup Artist Joe Hubrich Talks Coming Out

Marti Gould Cummings | Posted 03.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Marti Gould Cummings

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My Message To Gay Teenagers: Please Don't Leave -- You Are Worth The Whole Tomato

William Dameron | Posted 02.06.2013 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

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.

My Third Lifetime

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

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.

Parents Say Intense Bullying Led To Gay Son's Death

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Parents of a gay Michigan teen who committed suicide last month say bullying is to blame for their son's death. Seventeen-year-old Josh Pacheco of...

When His Son Came Out As A Teen, It Led To A Near-Tragedy

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 11.16.2012 | Fifty

If your kid is going to come out to you, it should happen in his or her own time, and in his or her own way. Then say what you would want to hear, 'I love you.' Not 'I love you anyway,' but 'I love you.'

Today Is Spirit Day. Stand Up Against Bullying!

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 10.20.2012 | Gay Voices

Today marks a relatively young, but nonetheless important, annual event: Spirit Day, a day dedicated for standing up against bullying and supporting L...

A Gay Dad Sound Off On Bullying Prevention Awareness Month And Rescuing Bullied Teens

Rob Watson | Posted 12.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

I am calling for the formation of groups of "Rainbow Berets" within schools. These would be concerned peer groups that would stand up to the circumstances that inspire bullying. They would be visible in their schools and would serve as safe confidants.

A Gay Dad Sounds Off On National Suicide Prevention Day

Rob Watson | Posted 11.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

I'm not writing from the perspective of a dad. I'm writing from the perspective of having lived in my own personal hell as an early teen -- one of which no one was aware, but from which I could see no hope.

Religious Hate Speech: Time To End This 'Groundhog Day' Cycle

Rev. Jay Emerson Johnson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Jay Emerson Johnson, Ph.D.

Whenever I read yet another article, essay, book, or blog on the Bible and homosexuality, I feel exactly the same way as Murray's character did, caught in an endlessly repeating loop of Bible bashing. This cycle must end, now.

A Letter To Any Teen Who's Thinking About Suicide

Gary Nelson | Posted 07.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

I want to give you a big hug and tell you that it gets better, because it actually does. Hang on. There are people you may not even know yet who are waiting for you with open arms, and they will love you unconditionally. Trust me.

Gay Iowa Teen Commits Suicide After Allegedly Receiving Death Threats

Posted 04.17.2012 | Gay 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 ...