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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Jessica Yrani
3.7
by Jessica Yrani - Feb. 9, 2012

The story does a great job of introducing the issue and getting the readers attention about gay, teen suicide rates. They do make it seem that gay teens are not like the regular teenagers at a high school and should be treated differently. It does seem like its on purpose, but the author does create a separate group in the language used. Also, the stereotypes of lebians being tomboys is used very bluntly when describing the teenage girls being bullied. It plays to the typical gay stereotypes people have.

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