I went to a funeral today. Of a little boy. 11 years old. He lay in the coffin, in a grown up suit, dead.The facts:
He killed himself last week because he was taunted, over and over, for being gay. Who knows if he was, or wasn't- not really the point. He was a sweet kid, they said, who loved to sing and dance. Very bright.
NEW YORK, April 9, 2009 - An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself Monday after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother’s weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. This is at least the fourth suicide of a middle-school aged child linked to bullying this year.Homophobia matters. Bullying matters. When is this nation going to grow up and realize that it has to protect it's children, and that hating gays kills?