“A 13-year-old boy hung himself after being bullied by other teenagers at school for being gay.”
“A middle school st udent shot himself after informing his parents he was gay and being bullied by at least four other kids at school.”
We’ve all seen this stories on the news, or read them in the newspaper, or even came across them while scrolling through the internet. And why did this have to happen? Bullying. These three homosexuals had to lose their lives because somebody else in their life was making them miserable enough to put a gun to their head, or jump off a bridge, or hang themselves.
Fortunately, a lot of foundations and awareness projects have been created recently to make younger people feel more comfortable with their sexuality. Projects such as the “It Gets Better” Project and Spirit Day were made to raise awareness of gay suicides and give people hope that it does, in fact, get better. Many media influences, such as Lady GaGa, Adam Lambert, Steve Jobs, Stephen Colbert and even President Barack Obama, have participated in these projects.
Does our country not see what it has done? We have allowed homosexuals to feel so alone and closed off that they see killing themselves as the only form of relief. It should never have gotten to the point where so many LGBT members had to lose their lives.
We can’t turn back the clock and give these people their lives back, but we can make sure nothing like it happens again. By simply posting a video on youtube to show support or wearing purple one day out of the year, you can make a difference. Be a positive influence that we need to see in the world.
Bullying is the silent killer…but, I hope that one day, our voice can make it not so silent.