If you’ve been anywhere near a computer or a television screen lately, you’ve no doubt heard about the several homosexual students that have taken their own lives due to excessive bullying from others around them. This makes me extremely sad. I ran across this article with the words of openly gay Texas councilman Joel Burns in which he said,
To those who are feeling very alone tonight, please know that I understand how you feel, that things will get easier,” Burns said. “Please stick around to make those happy memories for yourself. It may not seem like it tonight, but they will.
You can almost hear the desperation in his plea. According to the article, councilman Burns was fighting back tears while giving this talk. It’s exceedingly sad that I even feel the need to write about this.
So while this councilman is urging youth to work through their issues, I’m urging you to think before you open your mouth. Realize the impact your words might have on those around you.