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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

LGBTQ school bullying: when will it stop?

Bullying in the LGBTQ community has always been a problem but no one decides to do anything about it. The bullying problem has been arising in high schools and many of the students have committed suicide because they do not want to live with the pain of going to school. They get to a point where they can no longer take the torture and judgment from their classmates. Sometimes even then no one does anything to stop the violence that is silencing so many innocent children and teens. There are children as young as 11 who are self-silencing because they can no longer live with the daily harassment and torture of the continuous verbal and sometimes physical abuse.

Jamey Rodemyer, 1997-2011
That was the case for Jamey Rodemeyer. He had asked for help repeatedly but no one would listen to him. On September 9th Jamey wrote, "I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens, what do I have to do so people will listen to me?"  What is most astonishing is Jamey was bullied on school grounds; didn’t teachers and faculty realize what was happening? Or were they too concerned with what would happen to the school if they challenged his bullies? Jamey Rodemeyer is just one of many students who have committed suicide because of verbal and physical abuse through bullying. There are still people in the world who do not accept anyone in the LGBTQ community. When are people going to realize that there is nothing wrong with those who define themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer?
 The worst part is there are so many others like Jamey Rodemeyer who are committing suicide at such a young age, and they have so much life ahead of them. It is so horrible to think that these children can go to such a dark place where they no longer want to live.  The time for change is now and people need to realize the lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers are no different from you and me. Due to the increasing amount of suicides and extreme LGBTQ based bullying schools have been forced to create an anti-gay bullying law.  Fortunately schools now have to come up with a way to protect their students from anti-gay bullying. Finally something is being done to help prevent the violence going on in our schools, and to protect the LGBTQ community.

        If you or your loved ones are experiencing bullying there is help out there.
24/7 LGBTQ Youth Helpine: 866.488.7386
GLBT National Youth Talkline: 800.371.4373 OR
It Gets Better Project:
Butte County 24 hour Youth Crisis Services Line: 800.371.4373; Adult Crisis Line: 800.334.6622

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