I would like to give thanks to Dagood, sgl, Bruce G, and all the other “atheists.” This is really wonderful to see what Gary has become. It’s a perfectly natural progression of things. Congratulations to you all! The world, and San Diego, give you all profound thanks!
It is odd to see the Persecutors howl and cry crocodile tears when THEY are the target of criticism and protest, but yet never shed a tear for the millions of gay and lesbian Americans who suffer discrimination, endure hate speech, and fear every day of their lives, being a victim of a hate crime, ALL due to the ancient, superstitious, scribblings of your Bronze Age, invisible, (imaginary), Christian deity.
While you are enjoying your Christmas dinner with family and friends this year, please stop and think of the thousands of gay and lesbian teens and adults who will NOT be spending the holiday season with their family and friends because YOUR fundamentalist, judgmental, hate-inspiring belief system has convinced their family and former friends that they are the incarnation of Evil and a perverted predatory danger to young children and teens.
Open your eyes, my conservative/orthodox Christian friends to the massive pain and suffering your belief system has caused and still causes.
A first-of-its-kind study released Thursday found that an alarming number of gay teens are homeless, with one in four gay students left alone on the streets.
Gay youth are far more likely than their straight counterparts to be homeless, according to the Children’s Hospital Boston study, whose author warns of “a serious problem requiring immediate attention.”
“These teens face enormous risks and all types of obstacles to succeeding in school and are in need of a great deal of assistance,” said Heather Corliss, whose findings show for the first time the magnitude of the homeless gay youth population. Corliss said these are “much higher numbers than we’d expect” given that gay youth are a minority.
Less than 5% of the more than 6,000 high school students surveyed identified themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. But those students accounted for 19% of the homeless. Among straight students, 3.2% were homeless.
“This suggests that they may be more likely to be mistreated or rejected by their families and more likely to leave home,” Corliss concludes.
Because the research was done only in Massachusetts, where gay marriage is legal and where researchers believe homosexuality might be more accepted, they warn it’s possible that the rate of homelessness is actually higher in other parts of the country.