Where there's more support, fewer suicides among gay teens

  • metta

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    Apr 18, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    Where there's more support, fewer suicides among gay teens

    http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/18/where-theres-more-support-fewer-suicides-among-gay-teens


    Homosexual Teen Suicide Rates Raised in Bad Environments
    http://www.livescience.com/13755-homosexual-lgb-teen-suicide-rates-environments.html
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    Apr 18, 2011 5:36 PM GMT
    Been there myself, i think its more of a personal thing, rejecting who you are can be tough. I think most young guys just need someone to talk to about life in general, its amazing what close friends can do for people.
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    Apr 18, 2011 5:57 PM GMT
    Deany saidBeen there myself, i think its more of a personal thing, rejecting who you are can be tough. I think most young guys just need someone to talk to about life in general, its amazing what close friends can do for people.


    I always found it helpful growing up in high school, to have older gay friends, who weren't attending the same school.

    Even though it was 6 years ago since I was graduated high school, every once in a blue I'll wake up and it'll come back around again just thinking about how rough certain years in school were. In fact, it happened this morning, out of nowhere. I just have to say to myself, "that was a long time ago, get over it and move on. Probably doing better than they are anyway." 9 times out of 10 it was always someone butt ugly giving me trouble.

    But it did depend on which neighborhoods I was at, which areas of town...and I think between moving away from the city and getting acquainted with older (in their 20s) gay guys who were past that and happy with who they were, but at the same time not a complete queen in public (which would embarrass me at that age) helped a long way.

    Only drawback is by the time I got into the 11th and 12th grade, I pretty much had no friends at my school...but it worked fine with me cause I didn't have to deal with people's bullshit drama...
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    Apr 18, 2011 8:18 PM GMT
    What the report actually boils down to is comparing suicide rates in Portland vs the rest of the state. So, it's difficult to be sure there aren't other factors at play.

    Not that I doubt it. In their campaign material, local politicians brag about having "prevented formation of a gay-straight alliance at local schools," as one of the three or four bulleted points that show their "qualifications" for office.