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As the mother of an openly gay young man, I can tell you that bullying is an all too often occurence for my son. Middle School was absolute hell for him. He was bullied on a regular basis. In 7th grade, he was attacked by a class mate and beaten to the point of hospitalization for being a "fag". I wish I could say things have gotten better. In some ways they are just by virtue of the fact we are now having dialogues about it. But he still gets "fag" and "gay" comments, and has even been spit on on the max.
My son attempted suicide, but by the grace of God (and YES my God that I know and believe in also loves MY son) he survived and is still fighting to make the world a better place through the organizations like SMYRC and the QRC st Portland State.
As an educator, I see all kinds of bullying based on sexual orientation, religion, race and intellect. The wounds are horrible and life changing. We must find a way to stop the abuse that some young people face every single day of their lives. We cannot turn our backs on so many bullied children. No child deserves to be treated so horrendously! BE PART OF THE SOLUTION! Talk, talk, TALK about bullying and its horrible ugly devastation and casualties. Stand up for all of humanity.
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