So, I just noticed the book of alice is the featured blog on the “parenthood” topic. Super. Just in case someone actually searches the “parenthood” topic while I’m there, I think I am going to update my post in light of yet another tragedy involving a young boy and an untimely death.
Over on The Huffington Post this morning, I saw this awful story. I live in Iowa, the state that brought you gay marriage back in 2009. There are approximately one million reasons I love this state, but this made me damned proud. In fact, I wept tears of joy that April morning in 2009 when the Iowa Supreme Court said, NO MORE.
What the Iowa Supreme Court could not do, however, was protect LGBTQ kids from the horrors to which their peers subject them. On Saturday, 14-year old Kenneth Weishuhn Jr. decided he had had enough, and he took his own life. This cannot happen.
If you are worried about someone, there are some damn good resources for kids struggling with bullying. I know there are more. Include them in the comments. For starters, there is:
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ kids.
The It Gets Better Project is beautiful.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides information at stopbullying.gov.
As well as the anti-bullying campaigns at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
And holy cow, talk to your kids. All of them: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, straight. Talk to them about how to treat other people. Model how to treat other people. And by all means, shop at Urban Outfitters. Seriously. I could care less who is kissing who. Love is good, dear readers. Love is good.