Its been one week since we started this project, and we have written about little else. It’s been the dominating issue in LGBT news and it has taken many forms. Bullying in schools caused Seth Walsh, Asher Brown, and Billy Lucas to complete suicide. Cyber bullying from an elected official is making life very difficult for Chris Armstrong. Fernando Sampaio has been harassed and tormented by his boss and coworkers.
In the face of this constant torment it’s tempting to despair. For Seth, Asher, and Billy the oppression they faced was too much. Countless others are constantly struggling to keep going.
We can give them hope. We can turn this around.
Just this week there are a host of organizations and people taking the fight to the bullies. Below I’ve assembled a short list of resources, both immediate and ongoing, that can put a stop to this:
- The Victory Fund is running an online campaign to support Chris Armstrong and put a stop to Andrew Shirvell’s cyber bullying.
- There is an online petition up at Change.org, started by friend of T.A.E. Julielyn Gibbons. Sign it now.
- On October 5th, the Safe Schools Action Network has organized a National Day of Action.
- The Trevor Project is a wonderful organization which provides support to LGBT Youth considering suicide.
- The Human Right’s Campaign has an online petition targeted at the Secretary of Education. Sign it now.
- The Pacer Center has declared October National Bullying Prevention Month
- Check out Welcoming Schools. A great resource for safe schools.
- Dan Savage has launched the It Gets Better project. Record a video or spread the word.
These are just a few of the resources available and actions you can take. But that’s not enough. It starts with us committing to fighting bullying in all of its forms and using every possible teaching opportunity to educate our friends and neighbors. Only by sharing these stories and talking about this issue in our networks can we make this possible.
Take action and spread hope.