…. the virtual community were invited to wear purple to spread awareness of the 5 gay teens who committed suicide over the course of the past two months. Many have asked the seemingly unanswerable question : why.
why did this happen.
why so many boys.
why kill yourself.
many have offered their insight to this, here is mine.
these young men were all victims of severe bullying. not the kind when snide, whispered comments are made in the spur of the moment. these boys were ridiculed, and humiliated publicly.
Tyler Clementi 18 was denied the right to privacy.
13-year-old Seth Walsh, was outed and teased for being openly gay.
Asher Brown, 13, shot himself in the head, because his schoolmates made fun of him. for being small. For being buddhist. For the way he dressed. And for being gay.
15-year-old Billy Lucas, hung himself, because his schoolmates decided that it was “okay” to publicly ridicule him for being gay.
these children are dead because someone, somewhere one day decided that being different. being “gay” wasn’t okay. that being different wasn’t right. that those children, those innocents, didn’t deserve normal lives.
but, i ask you this question, as food for thought. are we not all human? do we not all breathe the same air, or do the same things, or feel the same emotions, do we not all have a heart pumping every minute of every day? are we not all human? gay, straight, white, black, asian, rich, poor?
my heart is heavy, when I think about the number of deaths in the short span of a few months.
the idea that man are so advanced in their sciences and their mathematics, and technology, but we can’t get over the fact that we are different. that we are all special. that it is okay to be different.
these innocent young boys, were openly gay. they had faith, and they had hope that their societies would embrace them, and offer them love and hope as any other human. They put their faith in their peers. Only to be led to believe that they’re lives weren’t important. that their stories didn’t matter. but their stories do matter. as does yours. and your family’s. and mine. and my family’s. and so on.
5 innocent lives lost because nobody was there to deliver love and hope when they needed it the most. 5 innocent lives lost because nobody would join them, and remind them that they were not alone in questioning the big things.
tonight we will all be reminded that we all question those things. we will be reminded that if we had tried to fight for them, and meet them halfway in their questions.
we could have saved them. but we will also be reminded that love is louder, and stronger, and bigger than hate. and friendship is one of the worlds greatest gifts.
but we all need reasons to believe in that.
Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh, Asher Brown, and Billy Lucas, did not have the chance to discover these reasons for themselves.
food for thought.
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I love the fact that you wrote something so eloquent, honest and heartfelt.
I can’t even lie, I got teary eyed reading it.
Thank you for writing this and sharing it with us! :)
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