Jack Reese, a teenager from Utah, has committed suicide after reportedly being harassed at school for being gay.
Jack’s boyfriend Alex had spoken earlier this week about the effects of bullying, and now a meeting will be held to discuss anti-LGBT bullying and suicides in the gay community, especially as they relate to the Mormon church.
“The youth I work with all know either a victim of bullying, the loss of a friend to suicide, and most often, both. These youth are bright, creative and loving, yet too often face daily abuse from rejecting families, bullies at school and the loss of their church family. It is time for local schools to incorporate proven techniques for eliminating bullying and homophobia, for churches to preach love and acceptance, and for parents and families to love and accept their children. Each loss of life is a loss for all of us, and it must stop now,” Marian Edmonds of Ogden OUTreach said in a statement.
If you need help, please reach out to The Trevor Project’s lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. You’ll be deeply missed, Jack.
A morning show DJ in Cleveland made a comment about a caller that has GLAAD up in arms, and rightfully so.
When a man wrote in to the radio station to talk about how his daughter was gay, Dominic Dieter, a DJ for WMMS, reportedly said: “You should get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight.”
Here’s GLAAD’s response:
Aaron McQuade, GLAAD’s director of news and field media, released the following statement: “It was appalling and dangerous for this show to tell a father that he should have one of his friends rape his daughter. That’s essentially how Dieter responded to this listener, and this is no laughing matter in a world where people are too often the victims of violence and sexual assault based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation. And Dieter gave this vile advice to everyone who was listening, including educators, parents and children — sending the message that it’s okay to physically or sexually abuse people who are perceived to be gay.”
I am absolutely sickened that people like this exist. This man should be off the air for life.
EDIT: Someone responded to this post with the following:
“Yes, because people should lose their job because they have an opinion that you find offensive. Sterling logic.”
Nope, people should lose their jobs for proposing sexual violence as a means of changing someone’s sexual orientation. But maybe that’s just my opinion.