Another Tragedy

A nother unfortunate LGBT suicide.

The popular gay and lesbian magazine “The Advocate” reports another suicide, this time a college student in Michigan. http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2010/10/20/Michigan_Gay_College_Student_Commits_Suicide//?ref=nf

These suicides are getting more attention than normal due to the recent rash in bullying.  I wonder how many lgbt suicides go unnoticed or unreported each year in the U.S. How could it ever really be counted?  We just don’t know how many kids really are gay or lesbian until they officially come out, which may never actually happen if they commit suicide first.  I think a lot of kids would rather lie to themselves and everyone around them than subject themselves to daily ridicule and bullying.  I remember when I was a teenager I wasn’t the proud gay man that I am today, I wasn’t ever the kind of in your face public lgbt figure I am today, I never considered doing it because I seen what happened to the kids who did.

The nice thing is, I can report that your true friends will be there for you no matter who you are inside.  I am living proof of this. As recent as last week I had a friend from high school get in touch with me, he said he had been trying to reach me since I last seen him when we were 20 years old nearly 10 years ago now.  He told me up front that he didn’t care about me being gay and loved me regardless.  I was very touched by all of this as he recounted the times he had looked for me and even went to the house I grew up in.  So as they keep telling all of you lgbt teens and pre-teens “it gets better”.

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