Here is another page from the old The Gay Glasgow site… This time about Teen suicide.
Of course this, could be out-of-date, since it’s not been updated since the late 90s…
Here are six facts about suicide
- Studies show that Gay, Bisexual and Lesbian youth are at least 3 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.
- In a study of 5,000 gay men and women – 35% of gay men and 38% of gay women had seriously considered or attempted suicide.
- The majority of suicide attempts were made before reaching the age of 20, and nearly 33% of attempts were made before the age of 17. The average for attempting suicide is 15½.
- In a study of homeless youth entering a shelter accommodation, 65% of the gay youth had attempted suicide as compared to 19% of the heterosexual youth.
- In a study on all youth suicide attempts, it was found found that gay, bisexual and lesbian youth are six times more likely to attempt suicide than other youth and account for up to 30 percent of all successful youth suicides.
- Studies consistently show that a high percentage of gay and lesbian youth (25-30%) attempt suicide.
DO NOT SUFFER IN SILENCE TALK TO SOMEONE – NOW
I’ve just been having a look at The Gay Glasgow site, that I use to run many years ago… I got looking at the old “Hints for straights” page… Which really did, make me LOL!
Here is what is said…
What to do when you meet a Gay or Bisexual person
- Do not run screaming from the room. This is rude.
- If you must back away, do so slowly and with discretion.
- Do not assume that he/she is attracted to you.
- Do not assume that he/she is not attracted to you.
- Do not assume that you are not attracted to him/her.
- Do not expect him/he to be excited about meeting a straight person, as you may be about meeting a gay or bisexual person
- Do not immediately start talking about your significant other half in order to make it clear that you are straight. He/she probably already knows.
- Do not invite him/her to someplace where there will only be straight people unless you tell him in advance. He/she may not want to be with them.
- Do not ask him how he/she got this way. Instead, ask how YOU got THAT way.
- Do not assume he/she is dying to talk about being gay or bisexual
- Do not expect him/her to refrain from talking about being gay or bisexual.
- Do not trivialise his/her experience by assuming it is a bedroom experience only; he/she is gay or bisexual 24 hours a day.
- Do not assume because he/she is gay or bisexual that he wants to be treated like the opposite sex. He/she will probably get angry.
- Do not assume his/her heart will leap with joy if you touch his arm (condescendingly? flirtatiously? power testing?). It may make him angry.
- Think twice before you attempt to tell him that he is taking the easy way out.
- Do not expect a gay or bisexual to accept the straight world simply because it is in the majority.