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Thursday, January 19, 2012

It really doesn't get better

Another young gay propagandist kills himself:
After nineteen years on this planet, throughout which he endured shocking levels of ostracism, abuse and rejection, this week gay filmmaker Eric James Borges decided shit actually wasn't getting better and took his own life. In the It Gets Better video he shot one month ago, Borges describes his lifelong odyssey through various rings of hell-on-earth: he'd been teased since kindergarten, his parents tried to perform an exorcism on him when they learned he was gay, he was bullied throughout high school.
Borges was the second young gay propagandist to kill himself in recent months.
14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer didn't have many male friends. He hung out with girls, and he hung out on the internet, where he proclaimed and celebrated his love for Lady Gaga on his tumblr, wrote a personal blog, used twitter, opened a formspring account (like many people who open a formspring account, Jamey realized quickly that doing so was "a mistake"), and made videos for YouTube. In May 2011, Jamey Rodemeyer even made an "It Gets Better" video, in which he tells us that despite the bullying, his real friends were very supportive of his coming out. He thanked Lady Gaga for helping him learn to love himself.... This past Sunday, Jamey Rodemeyer was found dead outside his home in an apparent suicide.
It is said that the mark of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. Given that it is now 43 years since Stonewall and the present generation of children is the second in succession to have been subjected to nonstop, preschool-to-graduation pro-homosexual, anti-bully brainwashing, I think it is safe to conclude that no amount of repeatedly insisting that "gay is okay" and "homophobia is a mortal sin" is going to have even the slightest impact on reducing the amount of gay suicide.

In fact, it is entirely possible that the endless propaganda is actually more to blame for what Ellen Degeneres has described as a "gay teen suicide epidemic" than the anti-gay bullying itself. If the propaganda is encouraging more borderline young men to experiment with a deviant lifestyle that has long been known to correspond with various health-related disorders, including mental health, then it is contributing to an increasing suicide rate rather than decreasing it.

The core problem is that by focusing on the bullying of these gay teenagers, those wishing to reduce the suicide rate may be entirely missing the causal factor. While it is a reasonable assumption that the bullying is the cause, the failure of the propaganda tends to suggest that it may not be. There are other groups that are similarly bullied, for example, the small, the unattractive, and the retarded, and yet they do not appear to commit suicide at the same rate.

If people genuinely wish to discourage gay teen suicide, they very much need to rethink their basic assumptions concerning the subject and look at whether gay suicide has increased or decreased with its increased societal visibility and if there is even any direct relationship between the amount of bullying an individual receives and the likelihood that he will kill himself. While I'm sure it must feel very satisfying to blame everything on "homophobes" and insufficient societal admiration, the weight of observable evidence doesn't presently tend to indicate that they have much, if anything, to do with the actual problem.

In the meantime, whoever is behind the "It Gets Better" program should do a much more careful job vetting its spokesmen, since at the moment, it looks an awful lot like an inadvertant homosexual suicide campaign straight out of the movie Heathers. All they need is a video featuring a cheesy 80s band singing "Gay teen suicide, don't do it!" Recruiting unstable young men to lie to teenage boys simply isn't a long-term prescription for success.

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Blogger Michael McLaughlin August 19, 2012 1:51 AM  

Speculation is nice, but blaming homosexuals for being bullied and claiming that the only reason behind suicide is the urge of homosexual behavior itself is very unfounded.
It should be noted that the act of bullying anyone for their beliefs or gender (or anything for that matter) should not be permitted, as you imply by your article.
"No one in my school cares about preventing suicide, while you're the ones calling me [gay slur] and tearing me down." - Jamey
Obviously this boy was being bullied and was even told to commit suicide by bullies.
Do you wish to condone bullying behavior? It looks as if you make it justified by religious zealotry and your personal opinion of how other's should be.

Anonymous Anonymous January 28, 2013 1:37 PM  

My god, you sound like you're typing from some pedestal designed for righteous fools. Religious zealots are so devoid of empathy and full of hate and BS jargon toward people who struggle for being different (not 'deviant'). This issue isn't about the lobbyists (they all suck), it's about the young people themselves who deserve as much chance of happiness as everyone else. And that does not mean lying to themselves and feigning heterosexuality just to appease you and all the other bigots.

Anonymous Anonymous December 24, 2013 9:36 PM  

http://www.johnbiver.com/debunking-the-argument-that-mental-and-physical-problems-occur-because-of-discrimination-against-homosexuals/

Blogger J Curtis December 24, 2013 10:12 PM  

Speculation is nice, but blaming homosexuals for being bullied and claiming that the only reason behind suicide is the urge of homosexual behavior itself is very unfounded

Utterly stupid on a couple of levels.

1. Homosexuals were not blamed for being bullied.
2. At no point is the 'urge' of homosexuality blamed. What factors cause homosexuality and what role might such factors play in other facets of mental health?

Do you wish to condone bullying behavior? It looks as if you make it justified by religious zealotry and your personal opinion of how other's should be

Mike, do you agree with the assertion that 'the small, the unattractive, and the retarded' (and I would add to that the physically disabled and socially awkward) are all victims of bullying, yet none of these groups commit suicide at anywhere near the rate that homosexuals do? Yes or no?

Religious zealots are so devoid of empathy and full of hate and BS jargon toward people who struggle for being different (not 'deviant')

Name one thing in the above commentary that can possibly be deemed as 'hate' towards a particular group by the author.

it's about the young people themselves who deserve as much chance of happiness as everyone else. And that does not mean lying to themselves and feigning heterosexuality just to appease you and all the other bigots

Why feign anything? More to the point, should every sexual urge be acted upon? The list of people who have left homosexuality behind is nearly endless.

Such unfounded hate and bigotry from the Left on this issue is becoming all too common in these types of discussions. Whenever either one of you two bigots wish to have a serious discussion on the topic, simply begin a discussion here by posting something thoughtful rather than hateful, unfounded accusations and perhaps we can have a rational discussion.

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