One Town's War on Gay Teens

'In Michele Bachmann's home district, evangelicals have created an extreme anti-gay climate. After a rash of suicides, the kids are fighting back.

Sam's death lit the fuse of a suicide epidemic that would take the lives of nine local students in under two years, a rate so high that child psychologist Dan Reidenberg, executive director of the Minnesota-based Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, declared the Anoka-Hennepin school district the site of a "suicide cluster," adding that the crisis might hold an element of contagion; suicidal thoughts had become catchy, like a lethal virus. Full Story »

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Jack Dinkmeyer
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by Jack Dinkmeyer - Feb. 5, 2012

The personal stories about experiences of teen gays takes this powerful article into our emotional psychos. This isn’t merely facts and descriptions information. It’s a story of mindless prejudice and strong-armed tactics bent on destruction of what some consider aberrations outside God’s domain and the results of their devastating tactics. Throughout my career in the film business, I worked with many wonderful, talented people who also happened to be gay. To a person they considered themselves born gay. Which makes them God’s little creatures. Which brings into question what God thinks about such treatment of his creations.

To my mind, evangelist Christianity is cafeteria Christianity. Picking and choosing among the many wonderfully humanistic tenets of a pacifist religion and rejecting those which don’t coincide with personal prejudices. Consider: “How about a helping of Salvation?” “Two, please.” “How about a side of Brotherhood?” “No thanks, gives me heartburn.” If Evangelists truly believe in an all seeing–all knowing God, what will really be the outcome of their Judgement Day?

Suicide rates among gay and lesbian kids are frighteningly high, with attempt rates four times that of their straight counterparts; studies show that one-third of all gay youth have attempted suicide at some point (versus 13 percent of hetero kids), and that internalized homophobia contributes to suicide risk.

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