It Gets Better
By now you have probably heard of the tragic death of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who jumped from the George Washington Bridge after being humiliated on the Internet. The more I read about the situation it definitely seems like a hate crime.
This is not the first apparent suicide by a young person who is gay. What is wrong with our society that a young man or women feels such shame and lack of hope that they commit suicide? There is an interesting movement on Youtube called “It Gets Better” that hopes to let the LGBT community know that it does get better. It gives them hope that they can live healthy and joyful lives. Read more about “It Gets Better” here.
Unfortunately a good amount of this shame toward the LGBT community is coming from the religious community. In a place that should be known for grace, people feel shame. How do we overcome this? What will it take for us to show the unconditional love and grace of Jesus Christ to all regardless of sexual orientation?