One dad’s response to teen suicide

This video was not scripted or well-edited, simply one dad's reactions to the recent heart-breaking teen suicides that have been on the forefront of the news cycle the past few weeks.  I did this because I was having a hard time writing a blog post, I figured . . . one take, in my kitchen sitting in front of my computer with my three daughters trying to stay quiet'ish in the background. Why not?  I have also included some links that might be helpful and then one of the best clips of the past year from Glee about youth and LGBTQ realities.

Please feel free share the vids as well as leave comments, additional resources and prayers.  This has also been cross posted on my SF Gate blog if you care to do the same there and as always, let's connect where I hang out most, @breyeschow on twitter.

Peace to you – Bruce

Links

More prejudice about LGBT issues abounds in communities of color, and LGBT youth within these communities represent a "minority within a minority," putting them at even greater risk of being bullied.  In fact, LGBT students of color feel less safe at school than white LGBT students because of their race or ethnicity (16.6% versus 3.8%), according to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.  Almost a quarter of these students experience physical harassment due to their sexual orientation alone, and 13.2% due to both their sexual orientation and race or ethnicity.

  • And finally, if you are a pop culture Glee fan, you will remember this clip from Season 2 of Glee when Kurt's Dad confronts Finn on his use of language and inherent beliefs about his gay son.  And while I love the currently hyped nature of the show as much as anyone else,  I hope Glee gets back to this story line, because they did it so well.

6 comments

  • Venus, Turning Winds  

    I admire your effort to reach out to parents like me, same goes to teenagers who are mostly involved with bullying their peers and victims of bullies as well. If everyone will just contribute in putting awareness to the dangers of bullying and be able to reach out to those who are victims of this situation then I’m sure the problem on teen suicide will likely decrease in time. Thank you for being an inspiration!

  • Christine Kooi  

    Alas, I wonder to what extent those churches and pulpits that denounce homosexuality as sin, that refuse gay folks the opportunity to marry or to participate in church leadership, that think that homosexuality can be “cured” are also complicit in their children’s bullying of gay kids. Thanks for this message, Bruce.

  • Bruce Reyes-Chow  

    Leslie – Ad thank YOU for no being the safety that so many other need to even know is a reality.

  • Leslie  

    Thank you, with all my heart thank you. I am a 51 year old grandmother who avoided being a gay teen suicide statistic only because someone offered me a safe space where he helped all the kids to learn to value ourselves, no matter who or what we were.

  • Janet L. Bohren  

    GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) has good resources on bullying.
    http://www.glsen.org

  • Janet L. Bohren  

    Well said. I hope many hear your words and view the Glee scene.

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