A series of recent suicides by gay kids has us looking at the challenges of growing up gay. Several hundred people attended a candlelight vigil in front of the Massachusetts State House on October 5 — a memorial for the recent spate of suicides.
Young people from Massachusetts describe their experiences growing up in a state where gay-straight organizations at school are often encouraged. But many of them see the larger culture supporting the harassment of gay teens.
- Ann Coleman, board member of Join the Impact MA [and member of the ISO Boston branch]
- Keegan O’Brien, UMASS Boston student, member of the school's Equality Coalition [and member of the ISO Boston branch]
- Daunasia Yancey, recent high school graduate, and member of the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth