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Monday, October 11, 2010

A Letter to Homosexual Teens and Others: You are Loved and Important.

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Recently a wave of homophobia has gripped the nation with the news of several gay teens and college students committing suicide over bullying they received for being honest about who they are. Then, a few days ago in New York, a gang savagely beat, terrorized and tortured 3 men that they perceived to be homosexual. So, today I want to address homosexual adults and teens who feel vulnerable and afraid to be who they are:

To all the young people out there who are gay or who think they might be gay, bisexual, lesbian or trans-sexual--you are not alone. Your are not weird. You are not perverts. You are not a bad person and you certainly are not evil. There are many adults and fellow teens who are ready to welcome you into society and into our lives. You are NOT less than human and you do NOT deserve to be treated like you are less than human. It does get easier but killing yourself will not make anything better. Admittedly, high school is always hard but please know that if you are thinking about taking your life--please talk to someone.

Send me an email because I know a thing or two about suicidal thinking and being misunderstood as I have a mental illness where I have been labeled as "crazy" "weird and "different." I have had suicidal thoughts and yet I have come back from the brink every time--why? Because I know that there are people out there who love and accept me--even if I don't know them (just knowing they are out there helps so much). Don't hurt yourself--you are beautiful just the way you are. People love you deeply and care about your happiness so much. We want the best for you and to grow up happy, healthy and strong. We are working hard to make the world safer for you--don't give up because we won't give up one you!! You are a valuable person and have so much to offer the world.
We all look forward to seeing how your wonderful gifts will benefit society. We love you; and don't be afraid to reach out to those who are worthy of your trust.

Talk to a teacher or a principle of your school and tell them what you are going through. They are there to protect all kids from mistreatment. Be brave because it's better to stand up for yourself then let the hateful people win. Killing yourself will only let them win. Prove to them how awesome a person you are by speaking out, and in doing so, become a hero to someone else. Imagine what your bravery would do for other teens feeling a similar way; and imagine what that bravery would do for your self-esteem. If you feel alone--I hope it helps to know that there are many adults and others who are holding your hand. Never forget that. Never. One final note--please consider this blog as a safe zone. I will not let any person commenting here to hurt you. It will be deleted before it even makes it to the comment page. Above all else--don't forget to love yourself for being just the way you are. You're just as normal as anyone else and don't let anyone tell your otherwise.

~Peace to all beings~

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10 comments:

bookbird said...

Thankyou thankyou thankyou for this post. I can tell you as a gay person that THIS REALLY COUNTS and MAKES A DIFFERENCE to me. I wrote about it on my blog as well: http://bookbirdwrites.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-queer-heart-is-breaking.html

Thankyou again, james. From my heart.

turquoisemoon said...

Beautiful post...

elsiee said...

a beautiful reminder of a beautiful truth...

Sam said...

Thank you for posting this. It's an important message to people of all sexual orientations.

EdaMommy said...

<3 you for this compassionate post and your safe zone! Sincere thanks and hugs!!

Doug said...

As the father of a gay child I know it can be difficult for gay teens. My daughter's orientation was manifest by age 10. ("nature")My wife and I have always accepted that reality and have always seen her as our amazing daughter. She went to a good supportive school and has always held her head high and loves who she is. Life here and now is beautiful, and we must all learn to accept the life that we were given with awe and amazement.

Bebop said...

I completely agree with this post 100%. Not only that, but I live in Utah and the controversies going on here with religion and homosexuality are extremely frustrating. Not only are people being pushed away by family and friends, but their religion is turning its back as well. Thank you for the positivity.

Anonymous said...

Yes. There needs to be an end to this ridiculous fear (manifesting as hate). Over something as simple and natural as love? What craziness.

Anonymous said...

The Tathagata refused homossexuals.

Gavin, Turning Winds said...

Thank you for your feel-good post. Everyone should be treated equally and no one has the right to bully and hurt anyone; may they be straight or homosexual. If people would continue having this positive mentally towards others then I'm sure these kids will not become troubled teens resorting to suicide.

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