Watch this. It gave me goosebumps:
And here's more info:
There's an interesting back and forth in the youtube comments on that second video, about how they didn't include the "T" in GLBT when giving the statistical data on suicide risks - the explanation given is that they didn't intend to exclude transgender teens or to minimize the importance of stopping transgender teen suicide, it's just that there isn't enough research on transgender teens to include them in the statements about being at additional risk.
The Trevor Project's website has lots more about Suicide Prevention Week and what you can do to help here.
And if you need to talk to someone, anytime, call the Trevor Lifeline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (that's 866-488-7386)
There's a fear that by mentioning suicide in a GLBTQ environment, that maybe we're reinforcing stereotypes that all queer youth are unhappy and suicidal... Which of course isn't true. But it is true that queer youth are harassed and targeted more than non-queer youth in schools, and that our culture is awash with many homophobic currents. And it's critical to talk about that - and to be responsible to those in our community who are suffering and let them know about the resources available.
Let them know that life gets better.
Let them know that so many of us are working to make things better.
Which of course, makes me want to share MY "It Gets Better Video" with you all. So if you haven't seen it yet, check it out here.
Namaste, know it gets better, and be good to yourselves!
ps - a big hug to my husband for letting me know about the Trevor Project Flash Mob video!