There has never been a more important time in our history to respect all different representations of life, but unfortunately, that’s not how things always go. Sometimes ignorance continues to blind people against humanity, and the hatred we’ve all come to know and love as a country gets maximized by constant acts of unkindness. This becomes evident within the tense realms of race relations as well as intolerant attitudes towards the LGBT community as the voices of the marginalized continuously get drowned out by ignorance.
It’s no wonder there’s a steady rate of suicide amongst LGBTQ youth when the world they live in is always screaming that they’re an abomination. And according to data obtained by The Trevor Project the beginning age when most youths consider taking their own lives is astounding.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.
LGB youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth.
LGB youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth.
Of all the suicide attempts made by youth, LGB youth suicide attempts were almost five times as likely to require medical treatment than those of heterosexual youth.
Coming out can be a scary thing, especially if you don’t have the support of others. This was a lesson one young Florida boy allegedly learned the hard way. NBC News reports that after an argument ensued with a man identified as Evenaud Julmeus a preteen boy was left to fend for himself after merely seeking some understanding from one of his elders. But that’s not what happened at all. And the lasting effects may traumatize him for the rest of his life.
Police said the boy, a preteen, was “very upset and crying” and that he said Julmeus was angry because he thought he was gay, according to an affidavit. The two got into an argument about the matter, and Julmeus told the boy to pack a bag and get in the car, which the boy did. Julmeus told the boy that he was taking him to the police department and officers would find a new home for him, the affidavit states. Julmeus stopped along a highway in front of the police station, made the boy get out and then drove away.
The boy was left with a duffel bag and some clothes, but no cell phone to contact anyone about what was happening. Eventually, his mother was contacted and she came to the police station to pick her child up. And as for Julmeus, the story doesn’t necessarily have a definitive happy ending.
Julmeus fled the home before police arrived, leaving two minor children alone and unattended. He was later arrested and booked into jail on Monday. Online jail records show that he has since been released after posting bail
Hopefully, they can both come to an understanding about what happened without another dramatic outcome like the one they’ve experienced. Because all it takes is for people to listen to one another to find common ground before resorting to such dramatic actions.