This Is What Parental Rejection Does to Gay Kids
by Dan Savage
on Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM
My heart breaks for this kid:
He mentions his abusive mother dragging him to a church in a bruised a bloodied state. Did no one act? He's reading the comments thread on his YouTube account. Reach out to him.
Parents who reject their lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) teens may increase the odds that their offspring will experience depression, engage in risky sexual practices and even attempt suicide according to a study published in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics.... Those who reported that they'd experienced high levels of family rejection as adolescents were 8.4 times more likely to say they'd attempted suicide, 5.9 times more likely to say they'd suffered depression, 3.4 times more likely to say they'd used illegal drugs and 3.4 times more likely to say they'd engaged in unprotected sex.