Last week Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old high school freshman in Buffalo bullied for being gay or bisexual (depending on different media accounts) committed suicide.
Unfortunately, his experience was not unique. According to GLISEN LGB youth are 2-6 times more likely than heterosexual youth to attempt suicide. Transgender youth have even higher rates of suicide attempts.
After all of the negativity and sadness around Jamey's death, as well as these sobering statistics you are probably wondering what to do.
Well, below you will find a variety of resources related to LGBT youth suicide and ways to support the LGBT youth in your life and in your community.
Preventing Bullying in Schools - Reach out to GLSEN and your local schools to encourage your child's school to partner with GLSEN to provide cultural competency and anti-bullying trainings to administrators and teachers so they are prepared to address these issues.
Providing Youth with LGBT Roles Models and/or Positive Adult Influences - Volunteer your time with the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley's Youth Center either during drop-in hours or at special events.
Become More Comfortable Addressing LGBT Issues - Attend a SpeakOUT advocate/ally training at the Gay Alliance
If You're a Parent of an LGBT Youth - Join PFLAG (Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) to both find support for yourself, as well as for your child.
Help Improve the Health of LGBT Individuals Overall - Get involved with LGBT Health Month. We look to partner with a variety of groups and organizations to create a diverse calendar of events. Contact the Everybodysgood.com team to learn more.