Joel Burns Offers Words of Hope for GLBT Teens

joel burnsOctober 11 was National Coming Out Day, a day meant to provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people.

Unfortunately, even this national movement for acceptance has not been preventing the suicides of many teens who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation.

According to The Huffington Post, approximately 90 percent of GLBT students were physically or verbally abused in 2009. This intense bullying is what led Asher Brown, 13, Bill Lucas, 15, Seth Walsh, 13, Tyler Clemenit, 18, and Zach Harrington, 19, to commit suicide. Gay teens are four times more likely than straight teens to attempt suicide, mainly because they do not feel accepted by their peers.

Joel Burns is an openly gay city councilman in Fort Worth, TX. At a city council meeting on October 12, 2010, Burns reached out to GLBT students around the world. Listen to his message of hope for all students who are being bullied.

3 Responses to “Joel Burns Offers Words of Hope for GLBT Teens”

  1. Ethan says:

    It’s absolutely ridiculous that we live in a society where 90% of GLBT teens will be abused simply because of their sexual orientation. I really respect people like Neil Patrick Harris and Kristana Loken who are open about and proud of their sexuality, and who act as role models for GLBT teens . Loken has a new film coming out called Attack on Darfur and she supposedly gives an amazing performance- hopefully the film will boost her popularity and add to her influence within the gay community.

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