|Dan Savage Blasts Religious Right As Culpable In Rash Of Gay Teen Suicides|
¨Support and other resources for gay young people are out there, sometimes only a click or a phone call away, but advocates said the recent suicide of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi and other teens who were believed to have been victims of anti-gay bullying point to the need for even more widespread help.
“Youth in general are not very help-seeking,” said the organization’s executive director, Eliza Byard. “Getting people to reach out is one of the big challenges.” HERE
Another non-profit focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, the Trevor Project, operates a free, confidential hotline (866 4-U-Trevor) for counselling and suicide prevention around the clock. The hotline, among many crisis lines available, takes an average of about 30,000 calls a year, said a Trevor spokeswoman, Laura McGinnis.
Trevor (thetrevorproject.org) also offers “TrevorChat,” a free, secure online messaging service for counselling between 4 p.m. and midnight Eastern time. The organization’s Trevor Space, a monitored social networking service for gay youth, has about 13,000 registered users, McGinnis said.
“So if your town has only 300 people in it, you’re not alone,” she said.
A search engine on the Trevor website allows users looking for resources or support to search by key word, state, city or zip code. HERE
“PFLAG has grown as more Gen X parents are learning about their kids or figuring it out before their kids do. They’re getting more involved,” McGinnis said. HERE
For youth not ready to seek help offline, an outpouring of videos from members of the gay community who have survived bullying and hatred as young people have been posted on a new YouTube channel set up by syndicated columnist Dan Savage, called It Gets Better (youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject). HERE
On college campuses, Campus Pride is non-profit organization of student leaders and groups of gay students and their allies, including an effort focused on fraternities and sororities, lambda10.org. HERE
Off campus, CenterLink (lgbtcenters.org) supports LGBT community centers and helps new centers get started. The organization serves more than 168 centers in 45 states and the District of Columbia. The group’s website provides a directory of centers. HERE
“The single most important line of defence for young people in crisis is a network of visibly supportive adults, in their own community, in school, at home,” Byard said. “We’re talking about a very big country, and far too few young people have access to those supports.” HERE
|NOTE: The Episcopal Church has Gay and Lesbian Bishops as well as Clergy as well as LGBT Laity Leadership (look for the Episcopal Church Parish in your town and ask them if they are ¨inclusive¨)|
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