Joel Burns Offers Words of Hope for GLBT Teens
October 11 was National Coming Out Day, a day meant to provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people.
Unfortunately, even this national movement for acceptance has not been preventing the suicides of many teens who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation.
According to The Huffington Post, approximately 90 percent of GLBT students were physically or verbally abused in 2009. This intense bullying is what led Asher Brown, 13, Bill Lucas, 15, Seth Walsh, 13, Tyler Clemenit, 18, and Zach Harrington, 19, to commit suicide. Gay teens are four times more likely than straight teens to attempt suicide, mainly because they do not feel accepted by their peers.
Joel Burns is an openly gay city councilman in Fort Worth, TX. At a city council meeting on October 12, 2010, Burns reached out to GLBT students around the world. Listen to his message of hope for all students who are being bullied.