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LGBT Teen Suicide. A Well-Made PSA

I am not going to be nice. I am not going to be tactful. This one makes me angry. This one should get some people thinking.

It is not an absolute guarantee, but the best vaccination against lgbt teen suicide is unconditional love and support in the home, because your child will NOT find it outside the home.

Unconditional love does not mean avoiding certain topics because you're not comfortable with your child's "lifestyle."

PFLAG is about helping parents get to this place. If you are not there, if you love your child, find a chapter near you as soon as possible. We will be much nicer there than I am being here. We will help you figure it out.

Kids should not be dying over this!

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dreamer_98
Jun. 3rd, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
I can't relate as a gay teen, but I do know the feeling of living in a house where my parents don't approve/are not supportive of my choices/beliefs.

Not everyone has the resources to get out of a situation like that, and no one should have to live in a house where they don't feel welcome or feel like they can be themselves.

I definitely wish parents like that were more supportive, but knowing some will never be, I hope that those kids have somewhere else to turn so they don't feel trapped and like suicide is the only option to get out of it.
bonnie_halfelvn
Jun. 3rd, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
My parents don't support all of my beliefs, either, and it makes me a bit sad that I can't discuss certain aspects of my life, because I don't wish to go down that road and hear the same old talking points.

But I do think there's a huge difference between that and not being supportive of you for who you are.
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