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ABC News Covers Recent Suicides

Jim Burroway

September 29th, 2010

Here is ABC New’s extra web coverage of Dan Savage’s YouTube project, “It Gets Better”:

And speaking of “It Get’s Better,” here’s another contribution from a Muslim gay teen. He grew up in a Shia Pakistani family, and he says to hang in there. It Gets Better:

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Emily K
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

A gay MUSLIM?? *GASP*!! gee, I thought those didn’t exist. [sarcasm. obviously.]

Regan DuCasse
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

LOL, good one Emily! Where I live, the groups that are enemies in the world, are friends where the gay folks gather.

Palestinian Muslims and Israeli Jews, who are committed couples…Armenians and Latinos…Turks and Armenians, most amazing thing you ever saw.
Most of us are writers, artists, musicians, dancers, chefs and clerics. I could go ON.
And you know I can. :0P
My circle is mostly made up of entertainers, who love food. Or people who are great cooks, who love great entertainment.
Two things, that I truly believe…could bring peace on Earth.

The kid in the video is very handsome, right?

tristram
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

@Emily- that’s just in Iran !!

JandyA
September 30th, 2010 | LINK

Thank you so much for so eloquently and clearly sharing your testimony with the public. I’m sure it will be an encouragement for so many people, young and old alike.

I am an old man now. I was an adult and married before I ever came to grips and honesty about my sexuality. Given the fact that I was already married, being gay really hurt a person I cared about deeply: my wife. My siblings have completely disowned me. My parents both died without ever knowing.

I have since come to honesty and resolution with my friends, my wife, and myself. But this is mainly due to all of you in the “younger generation” so boldly declaring your diversity. It has allowed me to follow your example of corageousness.

Thank you so much for your example that we old ones may follow.

Mike Camardelle
September 30th, 2010 | LINK

I am so happy that ABC News, mainstream media, has picked up the story of “It Gets Better”, Dan Savage, and stop8.org.

We’re planning a video shoot here in Jackson, MS as part of our own “It Gets Better” campaign.

The problem most LGBT groups run in to is the ostracizing of the subject matter. It’s easy to be sugar-coated into “Anti-Bullying” laws, but it’s difficult to get teachers, administrators, church leaders, and most of all, parents to understand what “unconditional love” really means. Many of these suicide are caused by kids and young adults mortified by the repercussions in their social circles should they be “outed” as gay.

That’s why “It Gets Better” stands a chance. It’s a means for kids to see something beyond their homes and classrooms. Now, if we could only get society to follow through with the story that ABC is following and make this part of every day dialogue, maybe we can curb the trend toward suicides being the only option for some of these future leaders of America.

Emily K
September 30th, 2010 | LINK

I think that’s important to remember that gay Muslims exist. So many here have commented otherwise – that they’re all either closeted self-loathers or anti-gay haters called by their religion to stone us.

Wrong.

And that’s also a mistake gay Christians make.

Richard Rush
September 30th, 2010 | LINK

I truly imagine that our most obsessive opponents, such as Barber, Higgins, LaBarbera, Harvey, and Lively, etc., receive some satisfaction from news of the recent suicides – because those suicides demonstrate that their policy of “loving the homosexual” by opposing anti-bullying efforts is working very well.

I suspect their only disappointment is with the “biased” news coverage by MSM outlets, such as ABC News.

Timothy Kincaid
September 30th, 2010 | LINK

Regan, you’re right, he’s adorable.

And, as you said, here in LA we have all sorts of people from all over the place with unique histories and diverse backgrounds and identities who joyously share their lives. And that’s what I love about this city.

Regan DuCasse
September 30th, 2010 | LINK

@Richard Rush, can’t argue with your points. We’ve seen the panels that LU people put together. We see the typical lineup and what they all look like.

If they didn’t have gay people to think about 24/7…these people have the most BEIGE, bland and excruciatingly BORING lives anyone could have!
I mean seriously…

I can’t imagine life without all the colors, spice, flavors and variations I was always told to learn about and ENJOY!
It has to TRULY suck to be MB and Peter LaB and that Lafferty skank.
To say nothing of Maggie G and BB. Isn’t there anything ELSE these people can do other than think up a hundred ways to mess with the lives of gay people.

I know a very striking gay Iraq war veteran who’d been in the Marines. He’s 6’7, great physique, piercing blue eyes.
Makes Barber look like the little whiny scared punk he is.
Barber never wore the uniform of the fighting forces.
Neither has the Peter.

Yet, they’d look down their noses at a man like my friend and deny that he was fit to serve in the military.
What kind of pathetic turd do you have to be to do that? Especially if you don’t say the things you do right to the faces of the gay people you’re talking about.

Amicus
October 1st, 2010 | LINK

if we could only get society to follow through with the story that ABC is following and make this part of every day dialogue
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It will, if these kids go to jail.

Groups like NOM, who spread the falsehood that people can vote-and-wish-away the gay, will wake up and realize that that the risks they are heaping on gay kids is also a risk they are heaping on their own.

Whether it is these two, or the kid who picked up a gun and killed Lawrence King, parents will wake up to the fact that it could be their kid, next, if they don’t try to stop the hate, proactively, in specific terms, no general terms.

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