Entries in Gay Suicide (3)


Celebrities Sticking Up for Gay Teens After Recent Suicides

Photo Courtesy - ABC News Radio(LOS ANGELES) -- In September, at least five teenage boys committed suicide after being tormented for being gay -- most recently Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi.  Now, actors, musicians, comedians and celebrity personalities are making moves to stop teen bullying.

Kathy Griffin is donating all proceeds of her Dec. 16 comedy show at Los Angeles' Gibson Universal Amphitheatre to The Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide prevention among LGBT youth.  Advice columnist Dan Savage created the "It Gets Better" Project, in which people can upload videos to YouTube offering support and hope to LGBT teenagers. 

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton joined Savage's effort and is urging celebrities to jump on the bandwagon as well.

"I lost about 200,000 followers on Twitter because I was tweeting these celebrities to ask them to make videos," Hilton told ABC News.  "I don't regret it.  I'd do it again.  I'm happy I lost 200,000 followers on Twitter because I was able to get a lot of celebrities to make videos."

Among them: Tim Gunn, Sarah Silverman, Ashley Tisdale, Jewel and Eve.  The list keeps growing.  Hilton said he talked with Glee creator Ryan Murphy about having the cast of the Fox hit show make a video and working an anti-bullying theme into Glee's storyline.

Having once been a closeted gay teen in an all-boys high school, Hilton said he's wholeheartedly committed to this cause.

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Ke$ha Makes Anti-Bullying Campaign Video

Photo Courtesy - RCA Music Group/Sony Music EntertainmentResponding to the growing issue of suicides among gay teens, Ke$ha has joined the "It Gets Better Campaign," which helps gay, bisexual and transgender kids find the strength to stand up to teasing and bullying.

In a video posted on YouTube, Ke$ha says, "To anyone who's being bothered, or abused, or harassed or bullied, I just want to tell you that it will get better."  She adds, "No matter if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, however you are choosing to live is beautiful, and you have my full support and all of my love."

She goes on to say, "When people are mean for no reason, it's horrible, but I swear to God, it will get better.  So please don't ever give up."

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"Glee" to Focus on Gay Suicide in Future Episode 

Photo Courtesy - 20th Century FoxE! Online reports Glee plans to tackle the issue of gay suicide in an upcoming episode.  The subject is particularly timely, considering the death last month of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who took his own life after he discovered his roommate and a friend recorded him with another man and then posted the video online.

Glee star Heather Morris said Sunday, "I just found out today about the episode and I think that's amazing."  Co-star Matthew Morrison was also pleased, adding, "[Show creator] Ryan [Murphy] wants to do an episode about it, which I think is very smart of him.  As a cast I don't know much we can do.  That's why I think an episode would be great...Ryan is very current with staying on the times, so I think it would be this season if it were to happen."

Kevin McHale added, "I think being in our position and Ryan taking that on is great.  Hopefully we can move the general public and let the kids and the parents watching the show know that everybody deserves to be loved."

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