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Lgbt Teen Suicide

How Do We Stop LGBTQ Youth From Killing Themselves?

Michael Carosone | Posted 11.15.2014 | 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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Into the Center of Everything

Alexandra Billings | Posted 08.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Alexandra Billings

I didn't see a way out. I was tired of hearing things in my head, and tired of feeling weighed down from the top of me to the bottom, and mostly tired of this constant, numb sadness that found its way into every moment of my life. I was 16 years old, and I wanted to die.

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.

Mystery Man's Testimony Could Shed New Insight Into Tyler Clementi's Suicide Case

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 04.22.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter wit...

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.

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.