Posts Tagged ‘gay teens’

Bullying Gay Students: A High School Student Weighs In

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

16-year-old Keira Jett’s comment on yesterday’s post was so thoughtful and helpful, I thought I’d post it today as a guest post (with her permission). Thanks so much, Keira!

Thank you very much for mentioning this issue. I think Ladies’ Home Journal did a very good job in addressing such a controversial topic. It shouldn’t matter what one believes or has been taught; we need to support our youth. We teenagers deal with a great amount of day-to-day stress already, along with the idea of college and the future fast approaching. Not one child needs the dark cloud of intolerance and hate hanging over his or her head.

Even if there is no actual bullying going on, the atmosphere of negativity is often present for anyone who breaks the social norm. When kids say things like “that’s so gay” or “fag,” the pressure to fit in or bust is stronger than ever. Whenever I hear someone say anything like that, I make sure the speaker knows I disapprove. I’m not rude, but I have no problem confronting people about how carelessly they have spoken. I discontinue conversation until I get a sincere apology from whomever has said something offensive.

A difference in personal opinion is one thing. Bullying is something else entirely, and it is unacceptable no matter what you believe.

Ladies’ Home Journal Tackles Issue of Gay-Teen Bullying and Suicide

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The stories about recent suicides by gay teens who had been bullied have been all over the news. This month, Ladies’ Home Journal has taken an in-depth look at what’s going on here.

According to the article by Kenneth Miller, 52 percent of Americans consider homosexuality morally acceptable, according to a recent Gallup poll. “Kids can join gay-straight alliance groups at more than 4,000 high schools and more than 150 middle schools nationwide and find advice and support online,” says Miller in the article. “Yet according to the Journal of Adolescent Health, about one-third of gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens report an attempt at suicide. Why are so many still driven to try to take their own life?”

Check out this excellent article, then please share your thoughts here. And kudos to Ladies’ Home Journal for talking about this issue.