Friday, September 23, 2011

Online Resources To Help Gay Teens In Crisis...

One of the wonderful things about the Internet can be put into one word: INFORMATION.

Another word is ANONYMITY.

So I'm linking to several resources for gay teens in crisis. I don't know how helpful these things are, but at least it's something with which to begin.

When we all say things like, "It gets better," we aren't just blowing smoke up your asses. But it doesn't always happen fast. To paraphrase Hillary Clinton from the last election, "The skies aren't going to open and celestial choirs aren't going to sing."

In order for it to get better you have to work through a lot of shit first. I don't know any gay adult who hasn't had to do this. Unfortunately, that's just life.

Suicide & Crisis Hotlines

Life-Saving Resources
Too many young people have taken their lives because of anti-gay bullying.

The Trevor Project: Help for Suicidal Gay Teens

Point Foundation provides financial support, mentoring, leadership training and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Resources for LGBTQ Youth

These are just a handful. There are others.

And reading helps, too. Even if you start with some of the older gay classics, like THE FRONT RUNNER, or GIOVANNI'S ROOM, you'll gain more of an insight about what it really is to be gay. I know those of you living in small towns all over America right now only know what you've seen and heard in the mainstream. And that's not much information to go on. In fact, most of the gay men and women I know are nothing like the images portrayed by the mainstream. And this crisis with gay teens isn't something new. And the LGBT community has been working on it for a long time, especially with fiction. And sometimes all it takes is just one book to change your entire life.

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