Yesterday was National Coming Out Day. To all those who chose to do so, congratulations! The thought of this makes me think of an article I read in People Magazine last week about bullying. The article consisted of four mini features about parents who had lost a child to suicide because they were bullied for being gay. Now, while I am happy that the magazine is attempting to publicize the situation and increase awareness, it is sad that this is just now being brought up. 17 people commit suicide because of bullying every single day. Why aren’t more articles like this being released? Kids should be aware of these statistics; maybe then they’d be less likely to victimize others.
I hope that all those who did choose to come out had a pleasant and safe experience. It’d be amazing if one day, we could get the suicide rate down from 17 a day to 0.