Homophobia and Suicide
I read today about another gay teen committing suicide.
Eric James Borges, a 19 year old teen committed suicide after making a "It Gets Better" video in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youth (LGBT). He talks about constant bullying while growing up and harrassment. He was thrown out of his home by his parents two months ago for coming out. His mother performed an exorcism on him.
When is this going to stop?
Why should someone be afraid to come out or be condemned for coming out when they do? Who is teaching these kids to bully and hate so much? Their parents? Society?
I have been hearing so much about teens committing suicide for being bullied for being gay or being bullied in general. I think it's disgusting that this is going on. Where are the parents in these situations and what are they teaching to these kids? It is a devalued society where people cannot be themselves and be hated and persecuted for being different and for being who they are.
Someone in my family came out a few years ago and was afraid to have his father know, so he waited until his father passed to come out to his mother who couldn't believe it at first, but now accepts him. I love him no matter what he is. I embrace people who are different in anyway and love them for their uniqueness. Gay friends have always came to me because I have an open-minded heart, am sensitive and accept them no matter what. Which I think all people should do.
Last year I worked for a gay news magazine and I was the only straight female working there. I saw how gay people struggled and how they had to confront their demons and to fight other people's demons everyday. It was a constant battle. In embracing who they are they had to fight to show who they are.
I remember my friend's boyfriend (who is straight) was walking down the street at night in the LGBT neighborhood (Boystown) in Chicago and got attacked by a van full of guys. They beat him up and left him on the ground lying there just for walking in the neighborhood. Who is teaching people to hate so much and where is it coming from?
Hate comes from fear. People who hate are too afraid to fill their hearts with love, so out of fear to be persecuted and judged they join the bandwagon. To these people hating is easier then loving and accepting. It takes a strong heart to accept everyone's differences and to do the right thing all the time.
I think that everyone should be accepting to people's differences and to stop the hatred, judgement, and fear. It is a shame that this is still going on in today's society.