My school days were a long time gay teen trouble, when gay role models consisted of Larry Grayson and John "I'm free! Sure, there are places where there is real acceptance among peers, teachers, and parents, and not everyone with the strength to come out ends up suffering from bullying. I really wish I was there for him—for all these kids—in those moments before they made their final decision.
His parents couldn't help him and with no assistance available at school, he felt like he was left with only one tragic option. T he teenage years are tough. It's easy to reach the Kurts, but how do you help the Karofskys? The series follows Josh Shipp as he works to improve the lives of at-risk teenagers across the country.
In many cases, parents, teachers, principals and other grown-ups don't care about about the gay student's problems and condone the bullying behavior, either explicitly or with their own inaction. And, while we do see these characters being bullied and struggling for acceptance with peers and family, we also see that they have a clear and powerful sense of themselves. Many are just waiting for their parents to drive away with an empty minivan, so that they can go into the dorm and come out for the first time in their lives.
Most gay characters in shows for teenagers are portrayed as heroes, learning to stand tall and be proud of who they are, and that's great, it really is. Just yesterday, year-old Seth Walsh died after hanging himself in a tree in his backyard because he couldn't escape the bullies. Retrieved January 15, But he was bullied as though he was. But I wonder how realistic it is.
I believe prejudice is taught behaviour. Many are just waiting for their parents to drive away with an empty minivan, so that they can go into the dorm and come out for the first time in their lives. And while some parts of the country are making their schools safer for all children, other areas don't seem that interested in protecting gay students. For many gay kids, school doesn't feel like a very safe place.