Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tomorrow Will Be Better

In the wake of recent tragedies among LGBT youth: RIP Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas. You are Missed. ♥ message to the LGBT community.

I'm not a motivational speaker and but here is my best effort. Here is my message to all of the GLBT youth out there.

I know you may think suicide is a solution to all of your problems, It's Not. Shit happens. People Suck, but that's their problem. Trust me Karma will get them back ten fold. There have been hundreds of people in same place you are now, I've been there. Life gets better, you move on you make new friends. You do matter, your life is not a small cog in this world. What you do right now it effects the rest of us. It effects your friends, family and community. You are potential energy and we want to see what you can do.

If you don't think what I have say is worth a damn then please listen to the former 1st lady and current Secretary of State has to say..

Tomorrow Will Be Better

Secretary Clinton: October 2010 » Message to LGBT Youth
Message to LGBT Youth

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 19, 2010

[Video is available here:]

Like millions of Americans, I was terribly saddened to learn of the recent suicides of several teenagers across our country after being bullied because they were gay or because people thought they were gay. Children are particularly vulnerable to the hurt caused by discrimination and prejudice and we have lost many young people over the years to suicide. These most recent deaths are a reminder that all Americans have to work harder to overcome bigotry and hatred.

I have a message for all the young people out there who are being bullied, or who feel alone and find it hard to imagine a better future: First of all, hang in there and ask for help. Your life is so important—to your family, your friends, and to your country. And there is so much waiting for you, both personally and professionally— there are so many opportunities for you to develop your talents and make your contributions.

And these opportunities will only increase. Because the story of America is the story of people coming together to tear down barriers, stand up for rights, and insist on equality, not only for themselves but for all people. And in the process, they create a community of support and solidarity that endures. Just think of the progress made by women just during my lifetime by women, or ethnic, racial and religious minorities over the course of our history —and by gays and lesbians, many of whom are now free to live their lives openly and proudly. Here at the State Department, I am grateful every day for the work of our LGBT employees who are serving the United States as foreign service officers and civil servants here and around the world. It wasn’t long ago that these men and women would not have been able to serve openly, but today they can—because it has gotten better. And it will get better for you.

So take heart, and have hope, and please remember that your life is valuable, and that you are not alone. Many people are standing with you and sending you their thoughts, their prayers and their strength. Count me among them.

Take care of yourself.

Thanks to my friend Riah posted this on his FB page and I wanted to share it with the rest of you.

If you are worried about a friend or family member

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Often times, a suicidal person may indicate in some way that they plan to attempt suicide. Here are some warning signs you should know about.
Warning Signs:

* Increased Isolation – From family and friends
* Alcohol or Drug Use Increases
* Expression of negative attitude toward self
* Expression of hopelessness or helplessness
* Change in Regular Behavior
* Loss of interest in usual activities
* Giving away valued possessions
* Expression of a lack of future orientation (i.e. "It won't matter soon anyway")
* Expressing Suicidal Feelings
* Signs of Depression
* Describes a Specific Plan for Suicide
* History of Suicide in the Family
* A person who has been extremely depressed in the past may be at an increased risk for suicide if the depression begins to cease, as they may now have the psychological energy to follow through on a suicidal ideation.

If you or someone you care about displays any of these warning signs, please do not hesitate to call The Trevor Lifeline at: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) to speak with a trained volunteer counselor.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Right on!

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