It’s been a year of intense ups and downs for the gay rights movement, particularly for teenagers. We’ve seen progress through the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and marriage equality in New York, but at the same time, public awareness of antigay bullying and suicide is at a terrifying high.
This Washington Post article points out a light in the darkness. Awareness of the tragic effects of bullying has led to more students standing up against bullying and coming forward to report wrongs.
“It’s an issue that has taken over the public consciousness since last fall,” said Jill Marcellus, spokeswoman for the Gay-Straight Alliance Network. “People realize it doesn’t have to be this way. We can make it better.”
I won’t spoil the entire article in quotes, but give it a quick skim to see how far we’ve come in the last year. There have been some rough times, but we’re learning from them.