19-Year Old Gay Teen’s Suicide: Part 2 – “The love that dare not speak its name now never shuts up.”

 
 
Yesterday we began our five-part series, "19-Year Old Gay Teen's Suicide" with Part 1: "Watch The Bigots Who Pushed Him Over The Edge." (See part three: 19-Year Old Gay Teen’s Suicide: Part 3 – “Gay” Same As “Fornicator, Adulterer, Bigamist, Prostitute”) In it, we showed you a video of a so-called concerned citizen whom I dubbed "Mr. Slippery Slope," who had the gall to stand in front of his town's mayor, city council and fellow citizens to protest a proclamation to name October "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Month." You'll remember Mr. Slippery Slope predicted with certainty, should the proclamation be adopted, that homosexuality will be “infiltrated” into the schools, schools will be forced to teach about how people came out, there will be pictures of gay sex shown to children in school, “recruiting children into these lifestyles will be very easy,” hate crimes laws will be passed to discriminate against anyone who speaks out about homophobia, the bible will be banned, the bible will be called a hate book, clergy will be put in jail… Sick. Sadly, it is words like this, and the words you'll hear below, that pushed nineteen-year old Zach Harrington into suicide. Yes, Zach's parents believe their son's death came as a result of hearing three hours of "debate" on the merits of something as innocuous as a proclamation honoring LGBT history. The Norman, Oklahoma newspaper reports Harrington’s father, Van, while blaming the comments from the debate for his son’s suicide, doesn’t hold them solely responsible. “Van Harrington said he feels a lack of acceptance from society and what he calls a “toxic meeting” last month is what finally pushed Zach over the edge.” I also believe we have the professional bullies to blame for this ignorance, ignorance that caused this young man’s death, and that caused the death of ten other teens in September alone. Today, watch this Norman citizen say, "The love that dare not speak its name has become the love that never shuts up." He then compares a proclamation for "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Month" to a proclamation for "wife-swapping." Classy. "In conclusion," he says, "If you choose to vote this down, no one will be physically harmed." Think again.

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Our thoughts are with the families of all teens who succumbed to suicide after enduring anti-gay hate. It is my hope that all the people who had a hand in spreading that hate, homophobia, and ignorance, turn their lives around and embrace people's differences as much as their similarities. I invite anyone from Norman to contact me to share their thoughts on the proclamation, and on the life and death of Zach Harrington. Thanks to NGBlog‘s YouTube channel for providing these very important videos. (See the next installment: 19-Year Old Gay Teen’s Suicide: Part 3 – “Gay” Same As “Fornicator, Adulterer, Bigamist, Prostitute”)