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It Gets Better?: Video by La-La and Ciara. But Gay Youth Suicides due to Bullying Continue

I cried this morning.

Not another one.

Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover 11 years of age.

Jaheem Herrera 11 years of age.

Billy Lucas 15 years of age.

and now:

Asher Brown 13 years of age.

And these are only the ones that are publicized in the media.  I’m sure there are countless others.

All suicides.  Representing the by-product of the ruthless, relentless, horrifying bullying each and every one of them had to undergo at the hands of their ‘peers’ and often tolerated by teachers and school administrators.  This excessive bullying is occurring within their school environments – environments where they are supposed to feel safe so that they can learn – learn about themselves and the world around them.  This is suppose to be the very environment where they are encouraged to explore and allowed to grow, mature and become productive members of society.  But instead, they are brutalized because of who they are.  For being gay.

So today at the Passions, we take a break for the kids.  We must let them know that they have our support and love.  We have to let them know that it might be hard now, but, things will get better if they can try to persevere.  It gets better.  It gets better.  It gets better.  But as a society, no doubt WE must do more to protect our children – and teach children that this kind of thing – this thing that will prompt a child only at the beginning of knowing who they are to be tortured and traumautized, will not be ignored, tolerated or accepted.  This thing – this HATE must be stopped.  It must be stopped.  It gets better but WE must do MORE.

Here’s the vid: (and don’t ask me if the girls are naked either)

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