The signs held by the teenagers at the Breaking the Silence rally in Knoxville on Friday evening spoke for those silenced by fear. The students who stood in silence on and in front of the stage at the Tennessee Amphitheater in World's Fair Park were there to represent others who would not speak out about their sexuality for fear of violence and possible rejection by their family and friends. The event was part of a nationwide Day of Silence to bring attention to bullying and harassment faced by many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth.
Share Your Story. I believe it started kindergarten, kids would pull me across the playground by my pigtails and chase me around before school started and tried to pull my pants down to embarrass me. It got worse as the years went on.
Seth Walsh, a California teen who spent 9 days on life support after attempting suicide over relentless bullying because he was gay, died Sept He was 13 years old. On Sept.
Kearian Giertz is the gay year-old from Fullerton, Calif. During an annual rite of passage at his high school, known as the Mr. Fullerton Contest, Kearian was asked, in front of an audience, "Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Readers share their thoughts and reactions to stories that appeared in our January — February issue. The story that got the most responses was written by a boy whose abusive father terrorized the family. Working on a gay-rights documentary helped Rene, 17, see the importance of this issue.
Quinn Duffy, age 19, is a freshman at Boston University, studying linguistics and Spanish. Ariel Bott is a year-old middle school student who lives in Oakland, CA. They're of the opposite sex, they live on opposite sides of the country, and they fall on opposite ends of the teenage years.
Hollywood loves a good cause. From dolphins to disasters of the natural kind, celebrities are, more often than not, quick to latch on to a crisis. The latest one is particularly tragic.
LYNN, Mass. Advice columnist Dan Savage founded it in to help young LGBT people see that they can find happiness and acceptance in a world that isn't always tolerant of teens with differences. Thousands of personal videos are posted on the It Gets Better website, with the goal of fostering understanding. Now a group of high school students in Lynn has teamed up with a local musician to submit their effort.
The sermon that the Rev. Myke Johnson set in front of her congregation in Portland, Maine, on the same day are just two of the ways that UU congregations have responded to a recent rash of suicides of young men, victims of school-based anti-gay harassment. UU ministers may be more aware than most of the dangers of gay bullying.
Sam Smith sent his support to the couple, sharing their bloodied image on his Instagram. Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend, Chris, were headed home after their date — grabbing seats on the top deck of a night bus in London. Moments after sitting down, a group of young men began harassing them when they saw that the two women were a couple, asking them to kiss so that they could watch — even throwing coins at them. When Geymonat and Chris refused, the men proceeded to brutally attack the women, beating them until they were covered in blood, even stealing some of their belongings, Geymonat revealed in a post on Facebook.