Gay youth risk his life, Why?
Posted on March 5, 2009
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Most people don’t realize just how traumatizing high school is for some kids. If you “odd,” “strange,” or just “different” from the other kids you better have some pretty thick skin. In the homosexual community, the youth don’t have a built up tolerance to the taunting and teasing. The higher risk of suicide is attributed to the violence, whether it is verbal harassment of physical assaults. Young adults don’t have the control over their opinions that most adults should have.
People like to point fingers and say that “if they weren’t gay they wouldn’t have committed suicide.” That is the worst statement, to think that someone was so ashamed of themselves that they would take their own life just because. They must be provoked and really hurting inside to do that. People who come out and say “look I’m gay” are comfortable with it, they aren’t ashamed or sorry about the way they are
The most common situation that kids are in when they commit suicide goes something like this:
A young boy around 16 knows he is gay and has come to terms with it. He accepts it and is now ready to come out and tell everyone, because he is proud of himself for coming to such a big realization. So, he admits to his close friends and some are happy for him and are really supportive of his choice. But then there a few, or maybe just one, he is best friend and one of the football team favorites. He is shocked, tells his friend that he isn’t gay, it’s impossible. They have known each other for years and it just isn’t true. Eventually, the best starts avoiding him, making “gay” jokes about him, and starts taunting him with the other kids. Then it starts getting physical, fights with a few kids everyday and the taunts get worse. The young boy can’t handle being bruised daily, having things thrown at him, his stuff vandalized and has nowhere to hide.
The school says they’ll talk to the others, which only make things worse because he told on them, he wanted them to get in trouble. Parents say that it is just boys being boys and to “tough it out.” In the end the boy sees suicide as an easy end to an impossible situation.
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