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Utah: Gay teenager commits suicide

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  1. The culture of institutionally and socially accepted homophobia slays another one.

    And the priests and the politicians will wash their hands of this young man’s blood, although they are the ones who nurture and benefit from it.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 28 Apr 2012, 9:11pm

      Exactly right about that. None of them take any responsiblity or even intervene. They sit back and let it happen because their doctrines are far more important than a human life. Evil, pure evil.

    2. Rest in Peace 28 Apr 2012, 10:26pm

      Same churches which talk about protecting life. Time for a new Nuremburg trial of the church hierarchy who mass murderers our gay children.

      Words have consequences

      1. What the hell (excuse the pun) has this got to do with any Church? There is no suggestion that any religious or non-religious organisation was involved in this man’s choice to kill himself.

        Stop being so hysterical.

        1. Keith Penrod 30 Apr 2012, 5:38pm

          Welcome to the universe. Utah is full of Mormons, and the LDS church is the most aggressively anti-gay church in the country. They’ve contributed more to opposing gay rights in terms of money and time than any other single organization. How can you say this isn’t related to a church?

  2. David Thomas 28 Apr 2012, 9:00pm

    Is life so cheap and dogma so important that young lives can be cast aside with ease by the authorities? This is a stain on all of us.

    1. Rest in Peace 28 Apr 2012, 10:29pm

      Anything to keep the power of the church. The only diff between the past and the present is that now the hierarchy gets the victim to do the dirty work.

      PS – my cousins adopted child committed suicide at age 30. Fortunately I barely remember him. BTW the givaway – from another cousin – he didnt want to date girls

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 28 Apr 2012, 9:09pm

    This is what happens when religious nutters mouth of against equality for LGBT people. Their hateful rhetoric translates into incitement by those so inclined to go out and attack us, often resulting in a fatal outcome. Religion is at the heart of most of the homophobic bullying if you look closer. Just look at what the Roman Catholic cult is doing in the UK over the equal marriage debate, aided and abetted by C4M, the Christian Institute, CARE and others.

    You can bet not one religious minister or priest has reached out to the family of this poor boy.

    May he rest in peace.

    1. “This is what happens when religious nutters mouth of against equality for LGBT people.” Massive assumption; bordering on manipulative type emotional blackmail: i.e. ‘if you disagree with homosexuality, I’ll kill myself.’ Very mature – not!

      “You can bet not one religious minister or priest has reached out to the family of this poor boy.” How do you know? Further evidence of irrational thought.

  4. At least with the Latter-day Saints there is a chance for change. Their policy of continuing revelation means once a tenet of their belief gets a little controversial (such as the banning of black men from the priesthood) it gets amended.

    Let’s hope that decent Utah citizens coming together can help change the culture of that state to one that is more accepting.

    That won’t happen in Utah without engagement with (and, more importantly, from) the church.

    1. I wish this were true. I am sorry You can have hope, but think about it. How many millions $$$$ did the Mormon Church spend on Prop 8? They believe there is something wrong with us. I was raised Mormon and baptized at 8 years of age. I have gotten a lot of wisdom about life, but I know that God is Love and Light. That we are ALL ONE. I was the good little Mormon girl. I was raised to beleive women are barefoot and pregnant ~ Homemakers. OMG Also I have only learned to sacrifice to me detriment for my children and now they have no respect for me. I never learned that One needs to honor themselves. I am co dependant, in my late forties and just now learning to say NO and to take care of me before everyone else. It is a brain wash because I still feel if I am saying No I have to explain or I feel selfish. That was drilled into my. GUILT has ruled my world. It is a Patriarchal Religion and that sure as HELL hasn’t changed despite the force of equality and Woman rights. You will NEVER see a Woman hold the priesthood or become a Bishop as a Latter Day Saint! And Please pass this on to all who believe in equality. Please “DO NOT VOTE MITT ROMNEY!”

  5. David Wainwright 28 Apr 2012, 9:20pm

    You know , every year in every city and town we gather to celebrate PRIDE and yet not a week goes by when one of our number commits suicide , how quickly we forget our own journeys to where we are now . It is time this SUBJECT was addressed and that we were TRULY OUTRAGED enough about it to actually DO SOMETHING at our ANNUAL PRIDES , how many more young people have to die before this SUBJECT is ADDRESSED and CORRECTED . I am FURIOUS . Get over yourselves , get over Kylie and DO SOMETHING !

    1. Martin in WY 29 Apr 2012, 5:33am

      You have a GREAT point. I think the time has come for the Pride parades around the globe to change from a party only celebration to a much more vocal political statement that is not just another float at the back, but rather a moment of silence (and perhaps for the parade to stand still as well) for every suspected suicide in the city/region. And then we will begin to grow up, gain greater respect, and organize to the next level. I, for one, would like to be of some help in Salt Lake City. How about any and all of the readers here? It’s time, people. Maybe pride with humility. Fun with purpose. Outrage harnessed so that not one death will be in vain, ever again.

      1. I only regret that I cannot “like” this comment sufficiently. And I will be sharing it on FB. I think the idea is brilliant.

        Love from California

    2. I do agree that it would be great if more of us showed an interest in political and social developments but I don’t think the celebratory nature of the Pride days should be seen to be in conflict with this.

  6. Another needless loss of life! How many more LGBT youth must take their own lives before the those in positions of responsibility start doing something about it?

  7. Paul Ryan, Bradford 28 Apr 2012, 9:29pm

    why can’t people accept other for what they are and not judge for who they are? Rest in Peace young man

  8. Jeremy Faison, a Tennessee politician, blamed bad parenting for suicides and not bullying. He’s half right. Bullies are often the product of bad parenting.
    They can try to wash their hands but karma works and we are watching, calling them out on it at every turn.

  9. Paddyswurds 28 Apr 2012, 9:52pm

    This is an absolute outrage against humanity and yet one feels so utterly helpless in the face of such awful inhumanity. If the Sun were to explode tomorrow it would not be a second too soon. Human beings are the scum of the universe and don’t deserve natures bounty…..

  10. Susan Marie Kovalinsky 28 Apr 2012, 10:10pm

    Beautiful young man. What a tragic, horrific waste.

  11. Rest in Peace 28 Apr 2012, 10:24pm

    Same churches which talk about protecting life. Time for a new Nuremburg trial of the church hierarchy who mass murderers children.

  12. So sad :’( RIP Jack

    It makes me so sad when someone commits suicide due to bullying, I know what it’s like to want to take your life, and nobody should ever get to that point. It needs to stop.

  13. Nathan Thomas 28 Apr 2012, 11:06pm

    What a devastating loss to his friends and family.

    RIP young man x

  14. The Christians killed him.

    1. Paddyswurds 29 Apr 2012, 12:06pm

      @Magnum….
      …..Au Contraire, The awful scourge of mankind that is religion killed him…..

  15. He is too young to die this soon. I hope he will rest in peace.

  16. Another victory for the holy ones then. They will be pleased.

  17. Don’t forget that Mitt Romney, a Mormon, also gave money to anti-gay groups. And don’t forget to come out and vote this November against Romney so that he never gets a chance to encode his anti-gay bigotry into law!

  18. President Monson and the Quorum of the Twelve…. I hope you read this in the Deseret News ( I wonder if they even have an article about it) and the Salt Lake Tribune and feel ashamed about yet another tragic loss of a young man. To the Presidency…Stop this now! It is in your power to do so before more youth are bullied by the LDS Church and its culture.

  19. The land of the free…….I feel sick……

  20. GingerlyColors 29 Apr 2012, 12:59pm

    More blood on the hands of the bullies.

  21. Spanner1960 29 Apr 2012, 5:38pm

    One wonders if some nutter were to burst into a classroom in Utah and spray the room with machine gun fire killing fifty people, there would be a public outpouring of grief and wailing and gnashing of teeth, yet the equivalent of this is going on just in ONE state alone EVERY YEAR!!

    These stories just seem to keep appearing. (Oh no, not *another* one*.) This is not the odd, emotional teenager, this is a fcking massacre.

    Something seriously needs to be done about this.

  22. Is it not about time that we had gay schools?

  23. The most upsetting part is that he is not the only gay kid committing suicide. He’s just one who made the news. There are many more who have done this but who are never to be heard of

    Why is it so hard to let people live their lives? I never understood why someone’s sexuality is such a big deal?

  24. My generation lost tens of thousands to AIDS. This generation is losing them to suicide. Maybe it’s time to not just tell them it “gets better”. Maybe it’s time to show them how to fight back.

  25. Bryan J Allen 29 Apr 2012, 8:47pm

    RIP Jack-This is yet another disgraceful loss of a young life-through bullying and homophobia!

    Those responsible should be charged with murder or at second best-manslaughter asap!

    History repeats itself like this every year around the world and it has to be halted NOW!

    Especially in Utah,which sees many young LGBT people committing suicide-repeatedly!

    LGBT young people should be protected by those in authority-it is there public duty to do so and failing should mean loss of office!

    This should be for both Politicians and Religious bodies who spout hatred and worse against others.

    Thinking of jack’s family, boy firend and friends,my thoughts are with you all xXx

    1. David Carenter 29 Apr 2012, 10:32pm

      Very very sad but inevitable that people will never ever accept being
      gay. They are scared of it and will endeavour to react to it whenever they can. The gay fraternity must stop over reacting with continual press and pressure, just lead our own lives and stop ramming it down peoples throats who will never understand. The more we stand up the more they will attempt to knock us down. We have to stop giving them targets and just be us.

      1. This poor boy who killed himself was probably ‘just being himself’, and look where it got him.

      2. ???????? No one is ramming anything down anyone’s throats. We just want equality.

  26. Robin Evans 29 Apr 2012, 11:39pm

    Do you really think heterosexuals mind when a gay child is put to death by homophobia… They couldn’t care less…

    1. I know many heterosexuals that do very much mind. Not every hetro person is homophobic.

  27. Mathew Brown 30 Apr 2012, 6:46am

    Another desperately sad waste of life. When will this stop? Having worked as a teacher and pastoral manager for approaching 20 years I find it hard to believe that some educational establishments are still failing their students. My thoughts and prayers to those who are grieving.

  28. Anti gay Christians bully gay children or harass them for being gay and these anti gay Christians keep bullying of harassing these gay children until they committ suicide. These anti gay Christians are so evil they know what they are doing when they drive a child to kill themsleves.

  29. Another one? When does this human slaughter stop! He looks so sweet and kind. I cannot help but cry.

  30. Suicide is either a choice or a result of mental illness…

    Many people are bullied – gay or straight – who do not choose to take their own lives.

    We do not know why this young man took his life; it maybe due to several factors that we are not aware of.

    How many young straight males killed themselves over the same period? If is known that young male – usually straight – adolescents are at the highest risk of suicide. Surely, they haven’t killed themselves because of heterophobic bullying?

    1. Are you kidding me? Instead of criticising those who bullied this poor boy you wish to criticise him and talk down the reasons for his suicide. Yes, others are bullied for a variety of reasons.So instead of saying well people are bullied for other reasons, why not concern yourself with stopping the bullying, ass!

    2. Jack’s boyfriend, Alex Smith… recalled, without even realising that Jack had already taken his own life, how his boyfriend was repeatedly bullied at school.

      Oh, and define ‘heterophobic bullying’ and provide examples where it is known to have occurred, if you can.

      1. Name one case of hetrophobic bulling?

  31. Everytime i read these things i just want to hold my partner :(

    So sad that another beautiful life is lost :(

  32. A tragic and unnecessary waste of life of a beautiful Rainbow Child. He will be sorely missed by those who love him.

  33. well it shows that even america, the land of the free aint that free.
    like here in london, we are having to give up our spiritual home, be cause the american embassy is moving into the area were our clubs are.
    i would say that was homphobic too.

  34. Kristen M 1 May 2012, 4:18am

    Jack Reese is my little brother… No one asked the family permission to post this here or on any other website, and I’m offended that this is being posted everywhere

    I understand there needs to be awareness for these things but using Jack as a poster child isn’t the way. There were other things going on, not just the bullying. I was fine with this on one site but now I’m seeing this everywhere and it is causing me and everyone else in my family grieve.

    RIGHT NOW my family doesn’t need this, we want to remember him, not what happened.

    It seems like the happy memory of my Brother is being out weighed by his tragic death.
    Jack wouldn’t have wanted all this attention.

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