Since the chain of several homosexual teens committed suicide was covered broadly by the media and received even responses from a teacher on Facebook…

Since the chain of several homosexual teens committed suicide was covered broadly by the media and received even responses from a teacher on Facebook who openly commented that gay teens should die (he later apologized), numerous celebrities have spoken up against bullying and campaigns like “It Gets Better” led to several viral videos being made. Yet recently, another gay teen in New York was found dead and his funeral is still the target of intolerance and ignorance. Despite the fact that bullying affects homosexual youths more than any other groups, many of us can testify that many of us have been bullied, not only by the students but also by the communities, teachers and some other adults.

As someone who was bullied in high school, I understand entirely that bullying should be eliminated from schools. However, even when lawmakers can limit it, bullying can be very malicious, damaging and yet not reported. In this blog, I don’t want to repeat the message of love – that we all should love each other, love ourselves and continue living despite the challenges – because I well understood that the school environment can be extremely suffocating. In the case of homosexual youths, sometimes even their own home is not welcoming. However, I would like to suggest to all teens out there, gay or straight, a quote from the character George O’Malley in Grey’s Anatomy: “High school sucks for anyone who is the least bit different. But then there’s college, and then out in the real world, you’re going to find where you belong.” You will be surprised how much people from other places in this world welcome you. Hang in there. Fight back!
– Phy

If you’re bullied and need to talk, you can reach out to the National Runaway Switchboard for support.