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Another Teenager Commits Suicide Over Bullying

Fourteen year-old Jamey Rodemeyer from Buffalo, New York  committed suicide in the early morning hours of September 18, 2011.  Jamey’s parents, Tracy and Tim Rodemeyer, believe he took his own life because he could no longer tolerate the bullying and taunts he had endured for years.

According to Jamey’s “It Gets Better” video, when he came out as being “bi” he received numerous hate messages, some calling him a faggot, others telling him that gay people go to hell.  He offered hope in the video though, by stating, “I have so much support from people I don’t even know online… they’re so nice and caring and they don’t ever want me to die.” 

His parents intervened early on by going to his school where measures were taken to stop the harassment through a bullying prevention program.  Jamey’s parents had also gotten him into counseling where they believed he’d learned how to deal with it better.  Although his parents were aware that the bullying continued when he entered high school 3 weeks ago, they weren’t concerned with the way he was handling it.  They thought he was doing fine.

He wasn’t.

Just days before his death, Jamey blogged, “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens.  What do I have to do so people will listen?”

Unfortunately for Jamey and for so many other LGBT youth, people listened a little too late.

Watch Jamey’s “It Gets Better” video:


Politician believes homosexuality is more harmful to the U.S. than terrorism

Democrat, Ruben Diaz, voted against marriage equality stating in his anti-equality rally that gay people “are worthy of death.”

He is reaching out to show his thanks for all those who supported his bigotry, such as Archbishop Timothy Dolen:

…and Oklahoma State Representative, Sally Kern:

Read full article:

Why we bother!

It Gets Better: Apple Employees

My son…

He’s not gay… and you know that is the most fabulous part of this story!

He wrote an essay for school titled, “Pointless Mistreatment.” His opener?

“Tyler Clementi, a student from Rutgers University, committed suicide after his roommates put up a live broadcast on the internet of him having a sexual encounter with another man (“Gay Teen Suicides…”). Unfortunately, this is one instance of far too many.”

That is my son.

Raise your kids right!

NOH8 PSA – “It Gets Better & “Anti-Bullying” Video

“The media has been flooded in recent weeks with stories about young LGBT teens from all over the country who have taken their lives because of the relentless bullying around them, and those tragic stories are still continuing to break. It’s clear that youth everywhere need our help, and that’s why we gathered a group of our celebrity supporters to create a series of video PSA’s that address the issues of bullying and teen suicides. They knew how important it was to act quickly on this issue, and we hope that you will listen carefully to what they have to say.”

Read More HERE


It’s not easy… but it does get better! Thank you NOH8 Campaign. You are making a difference!

School Board Member Resigns!!! We did it!!!

Part of his “apology?”

“I’m sorry I’ve hurt people with my comments,” Clint McCance, vice-president of the Midland School District in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas said. “I’m sorry I made those ignorant comments and hurt people on a broad spectrum.”


Arkansas school board member to resign over anti-gay post

Arkansas School Board Member Says Gay Students Should Die…

An Arkansas School Board Member blasted “Spirit Day,” which was a day to honor the LGBT teens who committed suicide recently.

He said, “Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers committed suicide. The only way I’m wearin’ it for them is if they all commit suicide.”

This man is on the School Board.  What does that say about the leaders who are teaching our children?

There ARE actions we can take.  Please follow this link to read the full article and to see what you can do.

Arkansas School Board Member Says Gay Students Should “Get AIDS and Die”


Demand Resignation of Anti-Gay Arkansas School Board Member


Fire Clint McCance


Clint McCane Facebook Comments


“Live and work to make a difference, to make things better, even the smallest things. Give full consideration to the rights and interests of others. No business is successful, even if it flourishes, in a society that does not care for or about its people.”

Don’t let another cry go unanswered!

I have a lesbian friend who was not bullied by her peers.  The reason?  She could not come to terms with her own feelings and never said what those feelings were out loud.  The struggle she endured was no easy ride.  Her family was adamantly against homosexuality, which left her feeling so much shame, she withdrew, started doing heavy drugs, became so suicidal and self-destructive several hospitalizations were the only means to keep her safe from herself.

This torture lasted for more than three years.

I was with her through it all.  In fact, at the time, I think I was the only one who showed her the unconditional acceptance and love she so desired.  Even so, she became extremely promiscuous with men… trying to convince herself that she was “straight,” or at the very least “bisexual.”  Then, she was raped.  Why did this have to happen???

When she finally acknowledged that her “gay feelings” were not going to go away,  she sought out a Christian church that proclaimed ridiculous success rates in turning “gay” people “straight.”  Needless to say, the intervention didn’t work.

Her inner battles took their toll, but she finally accepted her feelings and sought out relationships with women.  In so doing, she came out to her mom… to her family and that is when the bullying started.

What we have to remember is that GLBTQ kids/teens are not just bullied by their peers, they are bullied by their families, by their churches, by a society that proclaims that homosexuality is immoral, disgusting, repulsive, sinful.

Without a strong support system, many of these people go to the extreme.  They are in such despair that the only option they see is to take their own lives.

My friend was lucky.

How long can we sit back and watch, just shaking our heads?  It is easy to feel helpless in the face of these tragedies, but I challenge you to really think about this:  What can you do to help these kids, these teens?  Even if it’s donating a dollar to the cause, that’s a step in the right direction.

Complacency has no place here.