Monday, December 29, 2008


This is an interesting article. It's entitled, Report Details Gay Youth Suicide Risk. Although the findings from this empirical study seem intuitive, it's instructive to see the depth of negative and destructive impact that parental rejection upon coming out has on LGBT youth, and how that negative and destructive impact colors the rest of that person's emotional health and life.

I urge you to read the full article. The following is its beginning:

Young gay people whose parents or guardians responded negatively when they revealed their sexual orientation were more likely to attempt suicide, experience severe depression and use drugs than those whose families accepted the news, according to a new study.

The way in which parents or guardians respond to a youth's sexual orientation profoundly influences the child's mental health as an adult, say researchers at San Francisco State University. The findings appear in the January issue of Pediatrics and are being released Monday.

Although I have written so many times on this issue, I can't help but reiterate how so much of the institutional Church has done so much harm to LGBT people and to their families. Homophobic churches and pastors have contributed to, or even caused, parents to reject their Gay kids; causing untold unnecessary guilt among Gay people; helped to cause suicides, assaults and murders of LGBT people or people perceived to be Gay.

They have given perceived justification for haters, many of whom have never even set foot inside of a church, to torment, discriminate against, and even hurt or kill LGBT people. Indeed, one can only wonder at how many Gay youth suicides are attributable to the ignorant homophobic rhetoric spewed from all too many pulpits throughout the world.

And the evil of these homophobic churches and pastors, and those denominations and clergy who seek to deprive Gay people of full and equal civil rights, must be directly confronted and exposed for their demonic activities against God's LGBT children.

And we are to hold in equal contempt those clergy and other professing Christians who remain silent when LGBT people are oppressed. In my opinion, they are just as culpable and just as despicable as are the sanctimonious homophobes that occupy all too many pulpits and pews throughout the world!
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