Sunday, January 18, 2009
The Cruel Death of a Gay Teenager
This is the kind of story that makes me doubt my faith in humanity.
A gay student jumped to his death after being jeered at by members of the public, an inquest has heard.
Shaun Dykes, 17, died instantly after throwing himself off the top of Westfield Shopping Centre car park in Derby on September 27th last year.
"He bent down to reach down to my hand when there was a shout of, "You're wasting taxpayers' money. He stood up, said, "It's gone too far" and started counting down. Then he said, "No", closed his eyes and threw himself off."
I don't understand why the human scum that taunted Shaun to his death weren't arrested. How they could shout "how high can you bounce? " And then take pictures of his dead body. I don't know what drove that tormented teenager to such an awful end.
What I do know is that about one out of three teenagers who commit suicide are gay. Which when you take into consideration the estimated number of gay people, means they are about 300 times more likely to kill themselves than straight youth.
And what makes it even more shocking is that the hatred that drives kids to commit suicide comes not just from the churchy bigots, or from the schoolyard bullies. But in almost one out of two cases from their own parents. Who don't accept their gay children or throw them out of their homes. Like Shaun who was living with his grandmother.
So what a coincidence that a new made for television movie is out about another gay teenager who jumped to his death. And a mother who rejected her gay son because of her religious convictions only to have an epiphany.
I won't be watching this movie. I just couldn't. It would make me too sad and too angry. I know the subject too well.
And besides I hate the title. Why would anyone pray for Bobby when it was dirty religion that killed him?
What I will do is keep on fighting the bigots and the bullies and the foul forces of religion that fertilize and water the bloody ground of homophobia.
Fight them as hard as I can and as long as it takes, and never ever ever give up.
What else can you do eh?
That's my prayer for Bobby.
That's my prayer for Shaun...