I'm devastated by all these LGBT suicides. Really, really devasted. I'm also seeing a phemonenon that Shawn and others talk about but in regards to race- that is, the ability of well meaning outsiders to make an issue about them.
I'm going to ignore the fucking hideous tarhearted people that would blame these suicides on the kids that killed themselves. They're not worth my time. On our side though I've seen so many comments that are along the lines of, "this has nothing to do with being gay, bullying is just plain bad!"
Fuck you. This has everything to do with being gay. Your being bullied because you were over weight or wore glasses is not the same as silently suffering for an entire childhood because you're an outsider from your own community. It is not the same as being cheated out of an education because you're afraid to go to school, not just because of bullies, but also the teachers who purposely ignore them. It is not the same as sometimes never feeling safe in your own home. It is not the same as having entire religions set to destroy you. Most importantly, it is not the same as being a small, innocent chld in a society that thinks it's fine to contantly degrade you, push you out, vote on your civil rights etc.
Gay kids make up 20-40% of all homeless youths. Gay kids are 3-4 times more likely to commit suicide than their straight peers.
It. Is. Not. The. Same.