One of my favorite online publications Box Turtle Bulletin has just published a most interesting article titled Suicide, Responsibility and the Teenaged Brain by Rob Tisinai. Given my feelings on the issue of kids being driven to suicide because of bullying and society’s ignorance I think it is a must read.
Anti-gay activists are working hard to duck responsibility for anti-gay bullying and teen suicides. These attempts occasionally veer into sheer lunacy, as when they claim gay teens are in despair because society is too accepting of homosexuality. But there’s one dodge I find particularly offensive. From the comments on NOM’s Facebook page:
The only people responsible for the suicides are the people that comitted them.
Nobody forces anyone to take his own life; ergo, only those who commit suicide are responsible.
Each person is responsible 4 their own actions. U make believe u r gay. God did not make u gay & He does not make u commit sucicide. nor does anyone else
I don’t know if gay is always a choice, or not. But suicide is ALWAYS a choice. The ultimate cop-out.
From what is quick becoming one of my favourite sites for news. AmericaBlog Gay.
Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns reaches out to LGBT teens with a personal story and a message of hope.
On October 20th wear purple in memory of these and many more wonderful lives we have lost to hatred.
I suspect these poor kids are just the ones we know about. On October 20th, 2010 wear purple in memory of those who are no longer with us because of bullying and hatred.
Just get involved.
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.