As most of you are aware, the month of September is the first month of the school year. This past September, in that month alone, we saw the tragic suicides of 9 youths ranging from ages 13 – 19. This effected the entire country in many ways. It effected me on a very personal level as well.
These 9 young students were literally bullied to death, seeing no other option but to take their own lives. Their crime? Nothing more than the way that they loved. In each case, it was either true or perceived to be true by the bullies that these 9 youths were gay.
Billy Lucas (15) September 9, 2010. Indiana
Cody J. Barker (17) September 13, 2010. Wisconsin
Seth Walsh (13) September 19, 2010. California
Tyler Clementi (18) September 22, 2010. New Jersey
Asher Brown (13) September 23, 2010. Texas
Harrison Chase Brown (15) September, 25 2010. Colorado
Raymond Chase (19) September 29, 2010. Rhode Island
Felix Sacco (17) September 29, 2010. Massachusetts
Caleb Nolt (14) September 30, 2010. Indiana
As every human is, they were destined to make an impact on the world. Now they are but a memory to those who knew them best.
In the wake of these tragic deaths, Matt Barber decides this is the perfect time to add to the bullying by claiming that the “Gay” Lobby Shamelessly Exploits Teen Suicides.
In that press release, he goes on to say,
“We all agree: harassment and bullying of children should always be dealt with immediately and firmly. And if laws are broken, offenders should be prosecuted – period. This is true whether kids are targeted because they’re perceived to be homosexual, conservative, Christian or for any other reason.
“Unfortunately – though not surprisingly – extremist ‘gay’ pressure groups, like the incongruously named ‘Human Rights Campaign,’ Ellen DeGeneres and other liberal activists are shamelessly exploiting these tragedies as a means to achieve their own selfish political ends.
“In a recent statement, Ms. DeGeneres said: ‘There are messages everywhere that validate this sort of bullying and taunting and we need to make it stop. We can’t let intolerance and ignorance take another kids life.’
First off, no student in America has ever been bullied to the point of suicide for being either conservative or Christian. It’s quite the opposite and you know it. It’s the adult conservative Christians bullying adult LGBT people, and it’s their children bullying these LGBT youths.
These children are taught from birth that LGBT people are vile, evil nothings. They are taught that we are pedophiles with a mental illness. They are taught that we choose to live “in sin”. They are taught that, if they are gay, they will burn in hell for all of eternity. They hear their parents, churches and conservative media personalities talking about how LGBT people are out to destroy families and marriage.
How can you grow up in an environment where you are taught all of this and still think of LGBT people as human? You can not.
You think it’s just words, rhetoric to preserve your ideal world for your view point but to those children it is an excuse to bully other children that they perceive as being LGBT.
I’ve had the experience of being bullied even before I realized that I myself was gay. I grew up thinking that being gay was a sin that would earn you hell as well. At that age, there is no help. If your peers will treat you as lower than dirt because of who they think you are, what will adults treat you like? Who do you turn to?
The answer is clear, these children need to know that there is help for them. They need to know that there is life after school and that it does get better. Most of all, they need to know that there are adults that will help them when they feel threatened.
That is why we are out there, showing you what is going on. We are trying to open your eyes. We have the unfortunate advantage of having gone through the same things that they are going through. Our perspective on the matter is a lot clearer than yours because you were the kid that was doing the bullying to begin with!
It seems that some of us have actually grown up, when will you?
Call to action:
For anyone and everyone reading this, I urge you to make it a point to call these bullies, hatemongers and homophobes out on what they are. I urge you to stand up and let them know that their behavior is not acceptable. Let them know how their homophobia is in fact killing our youth.
We will not sit idly by and watch as more and more bullies, whether those bullies are kids or adults, treat us as subhuman. We will not loose another innocent life to these hatemongering homophobes.
We will take a stand.
We will make it better.
We will make it right.