McGay saidI like that she did it and I hope the media starts to hammer the Osmonds. If that kid was traumatized by his religion and his family over being gay, they're complicit in his death.
As a gay man who was raised in the mormon church, I know first hand what this is like. I think though, McGay, that your view is a little extreme. I had many thoughts of suicide, but I didn't go through with them. I felt hopeless (one of the largest reasons why people attempt suicide). I felt there was no way out. I know exactly how hard it is to reconcile being gay with being Mormon. You cant do it. Which is why I eventually chose to leave.
As a mental health professional, I also think that your views are a little extreme - I think its easy to point fingers to his family and to the church....but there are also thousands of people who were in the same situation as he likely was ... who didnt kill themselves. Every situation is different. Suicide is always an extremely complex matter... multiply determined. You also sit and project your own values onto the Osmonds. They shouldn't be so closed-minded, you might think. But that's their way, and we have to be understanding of that. That is their lifestyle, and their belief system.... We cant simply use our own values to decide who is to blame for someone's suicide -(The motivation of which has not really been disclosed). If I have a Mormon patient come in and say, "I'm gay and Mormon and I'm having tons of conflict about it" I am not going to say, "Well those Mormons are all psycho and your religion is a load of crap so just get over it and move on with your life... I was there too and I know from experience.... "etc.... .it doesnt work that way. You have to (like it or not) meet the person where THEY are, in THEIR experience. Otherwise you will never be able to truly empathize with their experience because you are too caught up in your own beliefs about the situation.. This is much of what cultural/diversity competency is all about.
And Pattison is correct in his assessment of ... you CAN be mormon and gay. its just very very difficult. You have to believe in it and really take on a life of celibacy. The Bishop of my congregation knows I am gay, and has many times invited me kindly and warmly to come back to church.... he's also the chairman of Marriott Intl. lol.... anyway, A lot of nuns do it for their own reasons. I simply felt that it wasnt for me, and I didnt believe a lot of the other core beliefs that the church taught. I wasnt happy in the church, so I left.
It is tragic that this young man felt that he had no other way out.