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Looking for LGBT people to talk about suicide

Hello Tumblr. 

I am a student journalist writing an article about suicide in LGBTQ and otherwise identified young adults. I realize this is a very sensitive topic to discuss, but if you are willing to talk to me about it, via email or phone or even in person if you are in the NY capitol region, it would be much appreciated. 

I am hoping to talk to queer young adults (and their friends and family members),approximately between the ages of 13 and 25. I am looking to talk to those who have thought about suicide, those who have attempted suicide, and family and friends of those who have attempted or committed suicide. I am also hoping to talk to people who have had experiences with the Trevor Project, the It Gets Better Project, or other online support.

I would also like to stress that this is for a class and will most likely not be published. This may make people more comfortable talking about their stories. Names will be changed if people wish to remain anonymous, and in the event that this does get published, I will remain in contact and let participants know. 

Anyone who is willing to talk to me about any experiences they have had, with themselves or a friend or family member, please message me (Ariel, EleganceToSpare.tumblr.com) I will be getting back to people about these messages within the next two weeks. I may not need to talk to everyone, but please message me telling me a little bit about yourself and I will get back to you either way!

Please reblog this if you feel your readers would be interested in helping me out. 

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FYLGBT on Bobby Griffith

To preface this, this is a 1 page reflection I wrote for English class about a modern day tragic hero. Whenever I get the opportunity, I bring up an LGBT issue at school, such as asking if French has gender neutral pronouns, bringing up DADT on a history paper of women soldiers in the Civil War, or explaining Sodom and Gomorrah’s notorious mistranslations in Theology.  So far, the only classes I haven’t brought it up in are Algebra and Physics (ideas are appreciated!). I encourage you all to do the same and be creative in promoting equality!

Bobby Griffith, to those around him, would seem like a normal 20 year old. He was born as a middle child with an older brother, younger sister and two loving parents. Their family attended a Presbyterian Church and all the children were brought up to be religious, mostly from their mother’s teachings. At this time in his life, most people would not consider him a tragic hero. But when the year 1983 was almost over, in August, Bobby took his own life and changed many people’s lives.

Bobby was gay. His entire upbringing taught him that he was a sinner and destined to go to hell. For the last 4 years of his life, his mother strived to change Bobby through prayer. Bobby’s diary would reveal thoughts such as, “What’s wrong with me? I wish I could crawl under a rock. God, do you enjoy seeing me stumble around this world like a stupid idiot? I think you must.” He was a very artistic boy and a wonderful writer; his diary was estimated to have over 400 pages. He was constantly fighting with internal struggle of God’s plan for him and his own path in life.

Reading the prompt for this reflection and coming across the characteristic, “Falls from great heights” made me cringe. Bobby’s greatest fall was off of a freeway overpass. Fortunately, however, although this fall did not increase self-awareness and knowledge for Bobby, it did for his mother Mary. Mary was the one who forced change on Bobby the most. She referred to Bobby as sick, perverted, and a danger to children. Following his death, Mary Griffith spent a year asking God, “Why?” and came to say the conclusion, “Bobby’s death was the direct result of his parent’s ignorance.”

Bobby had to live with being gay, a character flaw seen by his family. It was beyond his power to change it. As a shy, lovable, and family-oriented spiritual person, many people feel sympathy for Bobby. His error in judgment came when he decided that he was not normal. He was not alright. Being gay was wrong and the only way out for him was suicide. However, it is his mother who lives with these outcomes and after soul-searching, lives on to become a gay rights advocate. Her story touched millions and was transformed into a book and movie. Her famous speech about Bobby’s death reverberates with the final words, “Before you echo “amen” in your home and place of worship, think. Think and remember a child is listening.”

My teacher told me it almost made her cry :]

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LGBT GMH

lgbt-gmh:

My ex boyfriend was being bullied, and he had enough one day, so he commited suicide, it was so hard to deal with, I even thought about it too. But my friends were there, some people actually didn’t care about my sexuality and since then, I’ve tried stopping homophobia in school, and I changed half of the entire school’s opinions on the LGBT community. Now alot of people are out of the closet.

Thank you so much for submitting, whatslovewithoutlustThat is a very sad story with a very happy ending. I’m sorry about your ex-boyfriend, but I am so proud of you for making a difference! You are so strong. Love, R.

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equalitopia:

ABC stages gay bullying to see how bystanders react

ABC News staged a gay bullying scene with hidden cameras on a busy boardwalk of Long Beach, New York to see how people would react.

Their show, “What Would You Do?” is a hidden camera show that captures people’s reactions to everyday scenarios. In this segment, they hired teenage actors to play bullies picking on another teen for being gay.

In 2008, ABC News did a similar segment on public displays of affection in Birmingham, Alabama and compared people’s reactions to straight couples and gay couples.

The 2008 experiment didn’t have such a positive reaction, causing a few people to make some inappropriate remarks. One woman even called 911 to report that two men were kissing each other.

UPDATE: The video has been updated. Thanks to sun_wyvern for providing a link to the full length segment.

This is my favorite ‘reality’ show. 

(Source: equaldex)

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Arkansas School Board Member Says All ‘Queers’ Should Kill Themselves

Nearly 15,000 people have joined an online campaign calling for the firing of an Arkansas school board member who is purported to have made anti-gay remarks on his Facebook page. The effort seeking the dismissal of Midland School District board member Clint McCance centers on posts visible on a screenshot of a page that appears to be McCance’s online profile. The image is posted on a Facebook group calling for McCance’s firing that had 14,300 supporters as of 11:30 a.m. “Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers committed suicide,” the posting reads in the screenshot. “The only way im wearin it for the is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin.”

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A Project For My Struggling Friend! (Post Office Project)

michaeljbevan:

dearmeat:

This month, 

Dear Meat will be sending letters to Matthew!  Fantastic name, wouldn’t you say? Of course, I might be a little biased because we share the same first name…But I digress!

Michael, a friend of Matthew, wrote to Dear Meat asking for help.  Here are some of the things Michael had to say.

“A friend of mine could really use letters of encouragement right now. He is gay and refuses to come out to most friends and his family because of his fear of how they will react etc. He is constantly upset and lonely and could just really use some letters to show that even random strangers love him, and that society isn’t hopeless after all. These letters, even only a few, would make is week so much brighter.”

“He is picked on because he is gay and struggles with friendships. He is lonely a lot and just has a hard life. Both of his parents are Catholic, which explains the coming out of the closet problem.”

Clearly Matthew is going through some tough times!  But no struggle should be taken alone, and it sounds like letters are just what he needs to help him get by.  Encourage him, and support him however you can through writing.  Share stories, jokes, and insight!  I’m sure both Michael and Matthew would greatly appreciate the support a few good letters can give.

How sending letters will work:

We won’t be doing email for this, you’ll have to mail those letters to me!  The adddress is the same as the address to the left of the Dear Meat webpage

Dear Meat
12394 Charles St.
La Plata MD, 20646

To keep things easier for me to organize (and so that I know your letter is going specifically to Matthew), please write “Matthew” on the back of the envelope, preferrably on the flap of the envelope.

I’ll be accepting letters for this month’s recipient until October 31st, 2010.  Any letters I get after that date will be scanned and placed onto the main page of Dear Meat.

If you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, feel free to email me at dearmeatblog@gmail.com—I’ll be happy to answer/discuss any of them.  

Be sure to include friends and family with this process!  The more involved, the better!

Thank you for your time and patience,

Matt

You guys that’s me and my friend I’m talking about! PLEASE send in those letters because my friend could really use some love right now. He is such a great guy, and recently has been struggling aLOT. Please please please do this. I would love you forever and personally promote you in every way.

Please!

I love you all.

Michael.

Help make a difference everyone!!

(Source: dearmeat, via respirare)

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