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Scientific Discovery: Bullying Is A Strong Factor For Suicide In Gay Youth

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Scientific Discovery: Bullying Is A Strong Factor For Suicides In Gay Youth

Like, duh!!

Anyone could have figured it out, but now it's be scientifically proven.

Depressed gay teens aren't depressed because they're gay, or cause there's something wrong with them chemically, or cause God hates them. They're depressed because they're bullied!

In a new study, researchers surveyed 246 LGBT youth aged 16 to 20 — 57% of the participants were black and about half female. They followed the youths over several years to see what happened to them.

They found that being bullied (over several years) and a low level of support from others boosted the risk that the teens would become suicidal. After 2.5 years 15% of the kids being studied reported trying to harm themselves.

Researchers found, a history of being bullied made someone TWO TIMES more likely to harm themselves. :(

BUT, there's some good news! The study's co-author Brian Mustanskithose says those young GLBTers with social support from family and friends were less likely to be suicidal.

The cure for the gay suicide epidemic is support and love!

We challenge ALL our perezcious readers to be be part of the cure. Make it a point to show love an support to those who need it!

[Image via AP Images.]

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Brandon McInerney Sentenced To 21 Years For Killing Gay Teen Lawrence King

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Finally, some justice.

On Monday, Brandon McInerney was sentenced to 21 years in jail after pleading to second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter in the February 2008 shooting death of his gay classmate Lawrence King.

McInerney was 14 at the time of the shooting at Oxnard, Calif.'s E.O. Green Middle School and has been behind bars since 2008. He will be 38 when he'll be released from prison.

During the trial, the defense claimed that McInerney shot his classmate because King had "aggressively flirted" with him, which drove him to murder.

WTF?

The prosecution argued that it was a "gay panic" defense and said that McInerney was a white supremacist and homophobic.

The trial originally ended in a hung jury, but prosecutors fought for a retrial. After McInerney agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder charges, he was given the 21-year sentence.

This was such an unbelievably sad story, and still is. We were horrified when this happened and we are just so grateful that Lawrence King didn't die in vain.

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Real or Fake? The TRUTH About Jonah Mowry's Video!

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Hopefully THIS will quiet the skeptics finally!

For those continuing to bully Jonah Mowry by questioning the validity of his video, we have found his old Formspring account.

The answer to the below question, posted just days after her made his bullying video back in August, tells so much.

What is your main goal for this school year?

Make it through Alive. (im serious)

Thankfully Jonah HAS made it through alive, as the school year has progressed. Thankfully he HAS made friends and is happier. And, yes, thankfully he's getting some much needed counseling.

Now let him be!

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WFT? Houston Chronicle Writer Tells Parents To Stop Accepting Their Gay Kids

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WFT? Houston Chronicle Writer Tells Parents To Stop Accepting Their Gay Kids

WHAAAT?!?

Kathleen McKinley, a columnist at the Houston Chronicle, has caused some controversy with a recent article titled: "Are Adults Also To Blame For Gay Teen Suicides? Yes"

The editorial blames supportive parents for the homophobic harassment their gay sons and daughters get at school.

McKinley (pictured above smiling with a gun) wrote:

"Am I mad at the hateful mean kids who bully and tease these teens? You bet I am. But I am just as mad at the idiotic adults who force our adult views on kids, and pull them into our adult world long before they are mature enough to handle it. The 13 year old that killed himself told his Mom he was gay. She said she already knew and hugged him. She said she just assumed that everyone else would be as accepting as she was.

"Really? Have you been around teenagers? They are cruel and mean. Why in the world would you give teenagers a REASON to tease you? Oh, yes, because the adults tell you to embrace who you are."

Okay, so… it's the parents that teach kindness — and NOT the parents that (like McKinely) that condone this homophobic behavior — that are at are at fault? How does that make any sense?

But hey, supportive parents and homophobes aren't the only ones responsible for gay teen suicide! McKinley says "Glee make it WORSE for gays teens." LOL!

Oh, yeah. We can not tell you how many times we've heard gay teens saying "I just HATE being represented on TV!" or "Seeing kids like me in the mainstream makes things worse for me!" Just ridiculous.

We're not sure why she fancies herself an expert on gay teens. If Mckinley can prove she had EVER talked to a gay teen about Glee (or anything than shopping advice) before writing this article we'd buy her an all-inclusive trip to the shooting range.

Since publishing her provocative article Houston Chronicle writer, who is undoubtedly thrilled about all the attention this has gotten her, has posted a "clarification" that is anything but clear:

"First off, I am not telling a kid to “stay in the closet.” A 13 year old doesn’t even know what the closet is! That is NOT saying they are not aware they are gay. That is saying they are not aware of the consequences of coming out or how they will handle it all themselves. Once again, this is adults projecting their world on kids. Secondly, I am not in any way blaming the parents. The parents were in uncharted waters and just did the best they could."

So being gay is a choice? This "clarification" seems to contradict EVERYTHING she said in her original article.

Frankly, it's people like McKinely that make it hard for gay teens to survive high school.

[image via kathleenmckinley.com]

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MTV'S Teen Wolf Features An Openly Gay Teen Character

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Fantastic! So far, this show is on the right track.

Sources report that in the second episode of MTV's planned Teen Wolf TV reboot, a gay character will be introduced that will play heavily into the rest of the season.

The character, who will be played by newcomer Keahu Kahuanui, will be a popular lacrosse player who is friends with the show's lead, Scott McCall's, school rival!

Drama! Drama! Drama!

So, whatcha think? Will U be tuning in for Teen Wolf on June 5th?

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Which Glee Character Is Bi??

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Spoiler Alert!!

One of your beloved characters on Glee could be coming out as bisexual!

And that person is…

Blaine!

According to sources, Blaine, played by the very delicious Darren Criss, will have "an encounter with a pivotal member of the opposite gender [in an upcoming episode] … afterwards, he's forced to consider the possibility that he swings both ways."

Hmm, we're not sure how we feel about this. Blaine is written as a very confident gay teen who knows what he wants. Could this be confusing to viewers?

Thoughts??

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