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Heretic

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PostSubject: *This* is why there are gay pride parades...   10/2/2010, 1:15 pm

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Suicides of gay teenagers: Four dead in three weeks

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students are three to four times more likely to commit suicide than straight students, a report by the National Education Policy Center and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law says.

More than 85 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students report being harassed because of their sexual or gender identity, and more than 20 percent report being physically attacked.

In the past three weeks, four gay students have committed suicide.

Tyler Clementi a freshman at Rutgers University jumped to his death last week off a bridge a day after authorities say two classmates surreptitiously recorded him having sex with a man in his dorm room and broadcast it over the Internet.

Seth Walsh, 13, committed suicide last week after years of being bullied. The police interviewed several of the students who teased Walsh but determined their actions did not constitute a crime, news reports say.

Asher Brown, also 13, shot himself after being harassed at his middle school in Houston. According to news reports, his parents said they had complained to the school authorities, but the bullying continued. The school reports that no complaints were made.

Billy Lucas, a 15-year-old in Indiana, hanged himself Thursday after being bullied. He never told anyone he was gay, but his classmates acknowledged that he was teased because students assumed he was.
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PostSubject: Re: *This* is why there are gay pride parades...   10/2/2010, 1:25 pm

And then there's this guy:

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We have an assistant attorney general in Michigan named Andrew Shirvell who's been getting a lot of attention lately for his juvenile and vile attacks on the student body president at the University of Michigan.

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He's put up a blog for the sole purpose of attacking Chris Armstrong, the aforementioned student leader, putting up pictures of him with swastikas on his face and calling him a "radical homosexual." But then Shirvell considers any gay person to be "radical." The guy's got some serious issues with gays. He once organized a boycott and protests of an Ann Arbor pizza place because they had a rainbow sticker on their window. Seriously.

Yes, he's an assistant attorney general. And he's absolutely freaking out over a student body president. Watch him in action:



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PostSubject: Re: *This* is why there are gay pride parades...   10/2/2010, 2:00 pm

I think Andrew Shirvell has a crush on the student council president - just like any teenage girl! This guy needs to resign his tax-payer supported job.
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PostSubject: Re: *This* is why there are gay pride parades...   10/2/2010, 5:43 pm

KarenT wrote:
I think Andrew Shirvell has a crush on the student council president - just like any teenage girl! This guy needs to resign his tax-payer supported job.

Yeah, well I don't know if Andrew has a "crush" on the student council president, but I'd be very surprised if this dude isn't a closeted homosexual. It sure seems that an inordinate number of anti-gay Christians are actually gay themselves, doesn't it?

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PostSubject: Re: *This* is why there are gay pride parades...   10/3/2010, 3:09 pm

True, true.
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PostSubject: Re: *This* is why there are gay pride parades...   10/4/2010, 5:39 pm

Excellent posts.
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PostSubject: Re: *This* is why there are gay pride parades...   10/5/2010, 8:12 am

A worthy project:

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Give 'Em Hope

Nine out of 10 gay teenagers experience bullying and harassment at school, and gay teens are four times likelier to attempt suicide. Many LGBT kids who do kill themselves live in rural areas, exurbs, and suburban areas, places with no gay organizations or services for queer kids.

"My heart breaks for the pain and torment you went through, Billy Lucas," a reader wrote after I posted about Billy Lucas to my blog. "I wish I could have told you that things get better."

I had the same reaction: I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes. I wish I could have told Billy that it gets better. I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better.

But gay adults aren't allowed to talk to these kids. Schools and churches don't bring us in to talk to teenagers who are being bullied. Many of these kids have homophobic parents who believe that they can prevent their gay children from growing up to be gay—or from ever coming out—by depriving them of information, resources, and positive role models.

Why are we waiting for permission to talk to these kids? We have the ability to talk directly to them right now. We don't have to wait for permission to let them know that it gets better. We can reach these kids.

So here's what you can do, GBVWS: Make a video. Tell them it gets better.

I've launched a channel on YouTube—www.youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject—to host these videos. My normally camera-shy husband and I already posted one. We both went to Christian schools and we were both bullied—he had it a lot worse than I did—and we are living proof that it gets better. We don't dwell too much on the past. Instead, we talk mostly about all the meaningful things in our lives now—our families, our friends (gay and straight), the places we've gone and things we've experienced—that we would've missed out on if we'd killed ourselves then.

"You gotta give 'em hope," Harvey Milk said.

Today we have the power to give these kids hope. We have the tools to reach out to them and tell our stories and let them know that it does get better. Online support groups are great, GLSEN does amazing work, the Trevor Project is invaluable. But many LGBT youth can't picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can't imagine a future for themselves. So let's show them what our lives are like, let's show them what the future may hold in store for them.
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