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01 October 2010 @ 04:22 pm
Heartbreaking Teen Suicides  
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered teens are often at risk for suicide. Teens of any orientation are a high risk group. Add the kind of harassment glbt teens (or teens perceived to be glbt) are singled out for plus the potential rejection by some families (fortunately there are loving and accepting families too) and you have a recipe for disaster. My own daughter was harassed at Soquel High School and nothing was done to put a stop to it. She chose to leave the school. (And yes, it gets better--she's a happy mother of three today. Fortunately she lived to reach that happy future.)

For whatever reason, in a month's time there have been FIVE glbt teen suicides. Perhaps we don't always hear about them and it isn't an unusual number (there's a horrid thought) but in this case we did hear and we are reacting in a variety of ways. There is a Facebook group, a series of youtube videos, blog posts, news stories and other reactions to this completely unacceptable loss of life and potential.

http://www.youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Trevor Lifeline: 866 4-U-Trevor (866 488-7386)

http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/

 
 
 
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on October 2nd, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
i've been thinking about matthew shepherd and ryan white all day.
Tapatitapati on October 2nd, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
Too many... :(
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on October 2nd, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
far far too many
Phatchick: Whup A$$ladybrigid on October 2nd, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
There are few things meaner or uglier than a teenager in full bully mode. Sad thing is, most of them truly have no idea how much damage they're doing to others. They (and sadly a lot of adults) just look at it as having fun but for the victims it can really hurt.
{sigh} BTDT, there's a very good reason I don't go to my class reunions.
Tapatitapati on October 2nd, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
Some of them turn out to be quite nice adults. One of the former popular girls is on my facebook friends' list and she is a really nice person. Teens are so insecure that they will go along with bullying to fit in, even if it secretly bothers them.