Lately, I’ve thought a lot about the sentiment of “Born This Way”. Yes, it’s the title of the latest Lady Gaga song (which, FYI, is awesome); it is also the name of a fantastic blog / campaign that invites gay adults to send in representative pictures of themselves as children and describe when and how they knew that they were gay. In the spirit of anti-bullying, Spirit Day and the It Gets Better Project, I think this blog effort is so powerful and will hopefully go a long way in overcoming some of the ignorance and misconceptions about what makes PEOPLE who they are – gay, straight or otherwise. Continue reading
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It is inspiring to see so many people – celebrities, politicians, everyday folks – speak up today on “Spirit Day” in support of gay teens, anti-bullying and suicide prevention. It breaks my heart to see so many young people taking own their lives because they see no other way out.
I lost my brother to suicide 353 days ago – I cannot believe that it has been nearly a year (an anniversary that I am dreading and will write more about later). While he was not a gay teen but rather a straight 32-year-old Ph.D. candidate with all the promise in the world, I hope that the emerging suicide prevention dialogue encourages people to speak up about depression, mental health issues and suicidal thoughts to remove the stigma and let people who are suffering – from children to the elderly, the lightest skin to the darkest, of any sexual orientation – reach out for help and talk about their challenges. Continue reading