We now have another well-publicized suicide of a gay teenager.
It’s well-known in the mental health field that suicides come in clusters, especially in well-defined groups of teens. I imagine that we can expect to see more gay teens at risk — especially since they might see their “sacrifice” as advancing the cause of gay equality by bringing attention to discrimination.
They might well be right, and that might be a slight upside to the loss of these kids. Still, if you know a teen who might fit into this category, now would be a great time to show some compassion and support. We don’t need sacrifices, we need live people with a conscience. There aren’t enough.
I had a good friend who blew his brains out with his dad’s gun at age about 19, because he was gay, depressed, and got no support. I still miss him.