This is NOT Okay.

Phillip Parker, 14, died last week, the victim of an apparent suicide. He was gay and he lived in Gordonsville, Tennessee. He was also another victim in the ever-rising number of bullied students in school systems across the states. He said he had a rock on his chest that he just wanted to lift so he could breathe…

While he has passed and will be remembered as another of the wrongly killed students of our time, he has sparked something in me and others alike. We want to lift that rock from his chest – let him breathe freely without others freely bullying students like him.

Recently, the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill was brought back up for vote. If you’re not familiar with the bill then you can read up on it http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/apr/21/dont-say-gay-bill-clears-senate-panel

Now if this is passed then the teaching/discussion of anything other than heterosexual issues in grades K-8 would be unlawful. This is a major setback to anyone determining their own sexuality. It might as well be saying that anyone in grades K-8 who thinks that they may be gay or bisexual should hide it from everyone.

If you think this is wrong, please speak out – at the very least for Phillip.

My thoughts go out to his family and know that his spirit lives on through myself and those alike -

Love,

Robert

About Brad,Robert,Ben

We are three kids from three different time zones, with one common goal. This is our voice:
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One Response to This is NOT Okay.

  1. Jay M. says:

    Sigh, another young life lost because of homophobia. I saw this the day it was reported, and have been sad ever since. I just can’t figure out what these so-called legislators expect to accomplish with their anti-homosexual agendas. They accuse US of having an agenda – I guess we do – trying to STOP the death of kids who are mercilessly and endlessly bullied until they see no way out.

    Contact your lawmakers, let them know how you feel. Point them at the stories of Phillip and others. Show them what their actions are doing to LGBT youth in this country. Remind them that they put their hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution – they did not put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible! And if you are of voting age, vote for those who place a real value on life instead of those who want to impress their personal religious viewpoints on everyone.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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