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Lgbt Youth Suicide

Here's How Skipping One Meal Could Help Prevent LGBT Youth Suicide

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Earlier this year, anti-gay organization The Family Foundation announced its plans to organize “40 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance for Marri...

Check Out The Incredible Line-Up For This Year's TrevorLIVE NY Event

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.06.2014 | Gay Voices

The Trevor Project has just announced its celebrity and talent line-up today for the organization's annual TrevorLIVE benefit -- and it is impressive,...

Gay Prison Youth Gets Raw Deal

Matthew Ebert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

I want to tell you about my friend Eli. Heʼs 22; he's been incarcerated since he was 20, for theft and credit card and check fraud; and heʼll get out in 2016, when he's 25. Now heʼll get out HIV-positive. Eli reminds me of me.

LOOK: Strangers Come Together To Finish Walk Of Father Slain While Memorializing Bullied Gay Son

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.16.2013 | Gay Voices

After his bullied gay son Jadin Bell committed suicide, Joe Bell began a cross-country journey in his memory that sought to raise awareness about bull...

Join This Incredible 921-Mile Walk To Fight Bullying And Remember Tyler Clementi

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices

"Bullying Not On Your Watch," a 921-mile walk that began in early October, is preparing to reach its conclusion as participants edge closer to New Yor...

Father Tragically Killed While Walking Cross Country For Tribute To His Dead Gay Son

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices

The father who set out on an inspiring cross-country journey following his gay son's suicide was reportedly killed last night by a truck in Colorado, ...

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.

Looking for Tyler: How My Baby Brother's Legacy Is Helping Build a Better Culture for Vulnerable Youth

James Clementi | Posted 11.22.2013 | Gay Voices
James Clementi

When I give presentations at schools, I am always looking for Tyler in the crowd. I guess some part of my mind still thinks I can save him. Ultimately I cannot. But every time I tell the story, I meet at least one person who reminds me that there are others who need to know that they are not alone.

"Gay Priest: It's Time to Come Out"

Fr. Gary M. Meier | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Fr. Gary M. Meier

My prayer for the church is that we might take this opportunity to stop causing harm, to stop being judgmental and to become more welcoming; more inviting; more loving towards all people, especially those who are marginalized and ostracized.

'Pope Francis Apologizes to LGBT Youth at World Youth Day Event:' My Prayer for the Church

Fr. Gary M. Meier | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion
Fr. Gary M. Meier

It is inconceivable to me that we as a church are unwilling to connect the dots between the church's teaching on homosexuality and the way it's being implemented by members of the hierarchy and the harm it is causing to our LGBT youth.

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.

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...

Michelle Shocked, This Is What It Truly Means To Be Silenced By Fear

Jackie Gardina | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Jackie Gardina

LGBT people wear invisible duct tape over our mouths every day -- not as a publicity stunt but as a mode a survival. We remain silent to avoid personal and familial rejection, to keep our jobs and our homes and to protect our physical safety. Our fear is real.

Gay Teen Taken Off Life Support After Hanging Himself On Playground

Posted 01.30.2013 | Gay Voices

A gay Oregon teen was taken off of life support after hanging himself in the playground of a local elementary school. Komo News reports that 15-ye...

Ignoring The 'Fiscal Cliff' Will Lead To An Unhappy New Year For LGBTQ Youth

Abbe Land | Posted 02.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

Should Congress fail to reach a budget agreement and take action before New Year's Day, $54.7 billion in federal spending will be cut immediately. These arbitrary cuts to vital services would mean decreased access to mental health care, safe schools and shelters for LGBTQ youth.

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.

Keeping Austin Weird -- One Proud Moment at a Time

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

As in any state of the Union, good and bad things happen in Texas. As in any city or town in our country, things happen in our state's beautiful capital, Austin, that can make one feel ashamed and that can make one feel proud.

Take The Lead And Help Save A Life

Abbe Land | Posted 11.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

This September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time when we should all learn steps we can take to prevent the tragedy of suicide and take action to reduce risk for all people. During this month of awareness, I urge the LGBT community to take a stand and lead the fight to end suicide.

Stop Blaming Dharun Ravi: Why We Need To Share Responsibility For The Loss Of Tyler Clementi

Mary L. Gray, Ph.D. | Posted 05.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Mary L. Gray, Ph.D.

Rallying to punish Dharun Ravi does not do justice to Tyler Clementi's life, nor does it move us one step closer to preventing another young person from turning to suicide. The politics of blame are a dead end. Instead, we need to build out an ethos of shared responsibility.

Listening To LBGT Youth

Sara Benincasa | Posted 04.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Sara Benincasa

I want LGBT students to know that they are worth something, that there is help out there, and not the kind of "help" offered by pray-away-the-gay pastors and other cult leaders, but help from folks who want them to celebrate who they are.

Hey, Gurl, Celebrate Your Out History!

Michael Carosone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

It's another fabulous October to celebrate LGBTQ history; coming out of those dark, homophobic, and heterosexist closets; and anti-bullying! I am ending our big gay celebration with these two poems, whic were published in Gay City: Volume 2.