October 4, 2010

October 4, 2010
LGBT Youth Suicides

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and I hope your week is off to a safe and great start. I know Dab the AIDS Bear and I are glad to be home for a couple of days rest after a very busy weekend.

I know I normally talk about issues dealing with HIV and AIDS. But today I would like to talk about another issue which is very important to me which is the bullying and subsequent suicides of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth.

This subject affects me personally because I was bullied in high school. Life is hard enough when you are a teenager and trying to figure out who you are. But when you are gay, it is one hundred times harder without the bullying. When you throw being bullied on top of every day life, it can become unbearable. Unfortunately, there have been several gay men who have committed suicide in the past couple of months because of being bullied. I remember literally counting the days until I graduated from high school since I knew I was moving to San Francisco where there were other people like me.

The following is a video done by our Ambassador of Hope Mark S. King on the issue:

So if you are young and GLBT, please know things do get better after you get out of high school and college. Do not let someone make you take your life. Your life is too important to let someone make you end things. If you ever need someone to talk to you can reach me on Facebook or through our website at daddydab@dabtheaidsbearproject.com.

If you are straight, please help end the stigma, the hate and the needless end of life. Talk to your children, your elected officials and your school leaders. Stop the hate. Stop the stigma.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab