Bullying, brutality and violence against gay kids and teenagers costs lives. Every year, and everywhere in the world.
In 2008, talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres took up the case of 15 year old Lawrence "Larry" King, an openly gay teenager who had been killed by another teen, just for being gay. Ellen sent out a intense message on her show, calling out for equality, and against ignorance, prejudices and intolerance.
Update August 24th 2011: The trial of Brandon McInnery (the back then 14 year old who shot his gay classmate Larry King) goes into it's decisive phase. You can find a continually updated collection of news reports on the trial here: http://www.vcstar.com/news/topic/larr...
Update June 6th 2011: A new article on the trial against Brandon can be found here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow... "Brandon McInerney, now 17, is charged with murder in the 2008 shooting death of Lawrence King in a high-profile case that has rallied the gay community and triggered calls for greater protections of young homosexuals on school campuses."
In 2008, this one case was all over the news. In 2009, though, it was the suicide of already two kids that everyone spoke about:
Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover and Jaheem Herrera, who killed themselves, as they could not take any more suffering from anti-gay picking, teasing and bullying at school.
Carl and Jaheem were only 11 years old..
Again, Ellen set an example, by taking up this devastatingly sad topic on her TV show, and by sending out a sensitive and all the same strong and emotional signal to all her viewers.
But 2010 saw even more suicides for anti-gay bullying in the media than the years before. Within only a few weeks and months, four gay teenagers ended their lives, and two more victims were to be mourned still, after Ellen, yet again, spoke out on her show.
With a campaign named "It gets better", initiated by writer and columnist Dan Savage, gay people upload videos, and by that step up and send out a message to kids and teens that it's worth to cling to life, because it holds so much in store for them, and to "tough it out" during High School, during which so much bullying happens.
But this message, this prospect of a better future, is not enough.
All of us need to start taking action, here and now, to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender kids and teenagers who get offended, abused and terrorized because they are "different" ... just as well as any other kid that suffers from being bullied needs our help!
We must help them, so they can make it to that future, living their lives and realizing their potential.
We must do all in our power, to stop bullying now! ______________________________
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