Gay Teens Gather In Kennewick Gather To Watch Suicide Prevention Movie Tuesday Night
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Experts from the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center report that gay and lesbian youth are at a greater risk of suicide.
That's why leaders at the Vista Youth Center put on an educational program Tuesday night to teach teens about warning signs of suicide.
A group of about 12 teens watched a movie called "Trevor" hosted by gay rights activist, Ellen DeGeneres. The short movie is about a gay boy thinking about suicide. After the movie the group of teens discussed the main points.
Local Suicide Specialist Kristi Haynes said, "They are not only dealing with the normal issues that teens are dealing with in general. Then, on top of that they are dealing with bullying in school, isolation when they come out, they're kicked out of their homes."
Haynes said there are many stressful issues that gay teens encounter. The movie they watched won several awards.
It tells the story of a gay 13-year-old boy who struggles with his sexuality and tries to commit suicide.