Among young people ages 15 to 24, suicide is the third most common cause of death. With GLBTQ youth faced with rejection by their families and churches, feelings of isolation, and physical and verbal abuse in schools, their suicide rate is three times that of straight youth.
Seth Walsh, 13, California
Asher Brown, 13, Texas
Billy Lucas, 15, Indiana
Tyler Clementi, 18, New Jersey
Zachary Harrison, 19, Oklahoma
And others, all committed suicide in September, 2010. They were bullied and harassed in school.
The epidemic of suicides created a media firestorm – even prompting TV personalities, including Ellen DeGeneres and Anderson Cooper, to speak out against bullying and harassment.
This week “The Rainbow Minute” focuses on the issue of bullying in schools and efforts to help the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]