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Indiana School Board Member Caught On Video Saying 'CRY ME A RIVER' Over LGBT Suicides

Indiana School Board Member Caught On Video Saying ‘CRY ME A RIVER’ Over LGBT Suicides

Members of the LGBT group the Tri-State Alliance (TSA) of Southeastern Illinois, southwestern Indiana and western Kentucky. went to a to speak with the Evansville-Vandeburgh County School Corporation school board to talk about the unmet needs of LGB and transgender students at a school in their district.

Six of the 10 activists in the group signed up to speak at the meeting, but only one was allowed as the others were allegedly denied by board president Karen Ragland. Five more were eventually allowed to speak only after vocal protests were launched by the TSA.  

After the meeting, a board member identified as Ann Ennis, approached the protesters to confront them.

In the video footage posted on the TSA’s Facebook page, one of the activists—identified as TSA President Wally Paynter can be heard calling Ennis, “so transphobic. When you met with us, you were so transphobic.”

At that point Ennis backs away from the group saying “cry me a river,” while making a sweeping gesture with her arms and hands that appears to be a violin-playing motion.

“Cry me a river?” Paynter asks.

Another person can then be heard saying, “oh, cry us a river about the kids who have died?”

Paynter, then says, “kids commit suicide, you don’t care.”

The second activist added, “you’re a… shitty person” before the video cut off.

According to a study published in 2017 by the Indiana State Department of Health, the third-highest cause of death among 10- to 14-year-old Indiana citizens is suicide. Among 15- to 24-year-olds, it is the second-highest cause.

You can contact Ann Ennis and School President Karen Ragland by calling or emailing the information below.

This horrendous and sick behavior cannot go unpunished.

Email Mrs. Ragland

Email Mrs. Ennis

Is The Community Doing Enough To Prevent LGBT Suicides?

Is the community doing enough when LGBT are in distress? Have we done enough education and prevention to help stop horrible tragedies like Tyler Clementi and others that have committed suicide? It’s a question that is still prevalent in our community. An epidemic that over the past few years have plagued the LGBT community.

Here are the recent statistics from the Surgeon General detailing the likelihood of LGBT to attempt suicide:

Studies over the last four decades suggest that LGBT individuals may have an elevated risk for suicide ideation and attempts.–Thus, it is not known whether LGBT people die by suicide at higher rates than comparable heterosexual people.

Across many diferent countries, a strong and consistent relationship between sexual orientation and nonfatal suicidal behavior has been observed.A meta-analysis of 25 international population-based studies found the lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts in gay and bisexual male adolescents and adults was four times that of comparable heterosexual males. Lifetime suicide attempt rates among lesbian and bisexual females were almost twice those of heterosexual females. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adolescents and adults were also found to be almost twice as likely as heterosexuals to report a suicide attempt in the past year.

A later meta-analysis of adolescent studies concluded that LGB youth were three times more likely to report a lifetime suicide attempt than heterosexual youth, and four times as likely to make a medically serious attempt. Across studies, 12 to 19 percent of LGB adults report making a suicide attempt, compared with less than 5 percent of all U.S. adults; and at least 30 percent of LGB adolescents report attempts, compared with 8 to 10 percent of all adolescents. To date, population-based studies have not identiied transgender participants, but numerous nonrandom surveys show high rates of suicidal behavior in that population, with 41 percent of adult respondents to the 2009 National Transgender Discrimination Survey reporting lifetime suicide attempts.

It’s still happening and highly prevalent in our community. This is why advocacy is so important. We cannot afford to be complacent. Often, most of us may not know what to say or do. And when we don’t we have to be aware of the organizations that can help.

Are we doing more in the continuing epidemic? Of course we are. We have organizations like The Trevor Project and Hetrick-Martin Institute that tirelessly work with xrisis intervention and suicide prevention. Also ItGetsBetter that inspires and gives hope to LGBT youth. Organizations that weren’t available a decade ago or even a few years ago. But there is always more that needs to be done.  We need to always be aware.

Rutger’s Suicide Victim Parents Opens The Tyler Clementi Foundation To Stop Online Bullying

A little over a year ago 18-year-old Tyler Clementi commited suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge after finding out that a sexual liaison between him  and another man was secretly filmed on webcam and then webcast by his Rutger’s University roomate.

Tyler’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, faces 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime punishable by up to 10 years in state prison

Now 14 months after their son’s death, Joe and Jane Clementi  have decided to grant interviews in an effort to promote The Tyler Clementi Foundation, which they have launched in their son’s honor. 

The Foundation’s Mission Statement and goals are simple yet so important.

Mission Statement:
To raise awareness of the issues surrounding and support organizations concerned with suicide prevention, acceptance of LGBT teens, and education against internet cyber bullying.

1. To promote acceptance of LGBT teens and others marginalized by society.
2. Provide education against all forms of bullying including cyber bullying over the internet.
3. Promote research and development into the causes and prevention of teenage suicide.

“It wouldn’t be fair to Tyler’s memory to let this slide,” Jane told People. “Something good has to come out of this terrible situation.”

You can check out the Tyler Clementi Foundation website by Clicking HERE

Minnesota 18 Year Old Commits Suicide After Years Of Anti-Gay Harassment And Bullying – Senator Al Franken Responds

Another tragedy has occurred.  Another young gay life has been lost.

18 year old  Lance Lundsten of Miltona, Minnesota took his life over the weekend after suffering extreme bullying and harassment at the hands of others for years. Lance had revealed on Facebook that he was openly gay, and some students at his high school said he was constantly bullied for his sexual orientation. students who knew Lundsten believed the bullying may have led to his suicide.

Senator Al Franken sent his condolences Monday and said he hopes a new bill could change how lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) students are treated.

“My heart goes out to Lance’s family, and friends and loved ones. It’s a tragic event, not only for them, but for the school, and the Alexandria community and really for all of us.  LGBT kids really do need (more) protection, They’re two or three times more likely than straight kids to get bullied. Nine in ten LGBT students said they’ve been bullied or harassed and almost two-thirds say they don’t feel safe in school.”

“On Martin Luther King Day … we want to celebrate the American values that have broken down barriers that prevent all citizens from having … the same opportunities to succeed … This is another barrier that still needs to be broken. We need to have more acceptance of LGBT students.” “We need to create in our schools, an atmosphere where bullying isn’t really accepted in anyone.”

Jefferson High School’s Student/Parent Handbook’s harassment policies of the school that Lance attended, prohibit verbal assaults toward a staff member or student which degrades people because of their “race, sex, religion, ethnic background, physical or mental handicaps,” along with harassment and violence in regards to sex, race or religion.  Sexual orientation is not a part of its policies.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Lances family and friends and may Lance finally find peace and rest.

19 Year Old Lesbian Aiyisha Hassan Commits Suicide – This Has Got To End!

19 Year old lesbian Aiyisha Hassan, A former Howard University student died from suicide on Tuesday, Oct. 5, in her home state of California.

Lauren Morris, 21, a senior at Howard, who lived in the same building as Hassan from 2008-2009, ”She was having a lot of trouble with a lot of different things,” Morris says, ”but mainly her sexual identity and just trying to express that.”

Amari Ice, 22, president of C.A.S.C.A.D.E., the Coalition of Activist Students Celebrating the Acceptance of Diversity and Equality, Howard University’s LGBT student group, said Lauren was a lesbian who attended C.A.S.C.A.D.E. meetings regularly.

Sterling Washington, co-founder of C.A.S.C.A.D.E. and former president, came upon news of Hassan’s suicide after attending a C.A.S.C.A.D.E. event at the university this week.  ”What happens in a large group trickles down to the junior members… so in this case it’s members of society so it affects youth in general,” he said. ”Those straight-identified youth who already had a proclivity, who already had from their parents, their socialization, this idea that gays are less than, it sort of gives them permission and facilities this whole bullying thing so that those that are most vulnerable to it sometimes see suicide as an out.”

A vigil was held Thursday to mourn Aiyisha passing  at Howard University last Thursday night.

That makes 7 LGBT suicides that we know of this past month.  And that’s 7 too many.