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Gay Teen Suicides

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...

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."

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...

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.

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.

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 ...

Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Advances Despite Protests

Posted 02.16.2012 | Gay Voices

Despite nationwide criticism, a controversial Tennessee bill that would restrict references to homosexuality in schools has cleared its first hurdle i...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Gay California Cheerleader Commits Suicide On New Year's Day

Posted 01.18.2012 | Gay 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 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.

Gay Teen Filmmaker Succumbs To Suicide One Month After Producing 'It Gets Better' Video

Posted 01.13.2012 | Gay Voices

Just one month after filming an "It Gets Better" video in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, a California-based gay teen ...

LGBT Advocates, Students Slam Tennessee Anti-Bullying Law Change

Posted 01.05.2012 | Gay 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 ...

Tell Me, Christian, That You Hear This Boy

John Shore | Posted 02.05.2012 | Gay Voices
John Shore

Evangelical, fundamentalist Christians -- by which I mean, specifically, Christians who believe that being gay is a moral abomination, an appalling affront to God -- talk to me, please, about Jonah Mowry.

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

Michael Moloney | Posted 01.30.2012 | Gay 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 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..."

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

Wayne Besen | Posted 12.26.2011 | Gay 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.

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.