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No scientific proof that gay youths have it harder, counters massive press on subject

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Laura Donovan
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Developmental psychologist Ritch Savin-Williams says there is no scientific evidence to support that a gay youth suicide epidemic exists, calling into question this year’s abundant anti-gay bullying media coverage.

“Despite its apparent public appeal, scientific research simply does not support the picture of gay youth in psychological peril,” Savin-Williams wrote in a piece released today by the Good Men Project Magazine. “In fact, there has never been a better time to be young and gay.”

Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, was unfamiliar with “The Gay Kids Are All Right” article but had a response to it.

“We have seen a high number of recent suicides attributed to anti-gay bullying, and many of these kids were gay, and that’s worth looking at and studying,” LaSalvia told The Daily Caller in a phone interview. “I guess I don’t understand what the point is, if we continue to stick our heads in sand that it won’t exist, we have anecdotal evidence is that [gay bullying] is a problem, and it’s worth looking at and studying.”

Shortly after the suicide of gay Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, numerous celebrities and public figures spoke out against homosexual bullying and harassment.

Talk show host Ellen Degeneres almost immediately gave an “important message about bullying” on her show. Dan Savage launched an “It Gets Better” campaign with the pledge, “I’ll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens.” Gossip blogger Perez Hilton vowed to stop being so mean to celebrities.

The popular television program, “Glee” has incorporated the bullying theme all season. Tuesday’s episode of “Glee” includes a male character finally confronting his bully, who turns out to be gay. Cindy McCain, Gene Simmons, and Denise Richards just appeared in a new NOH8 anti-gay bullying video.

Anderson Cooper, Ellen Degeneres, It Gets Better, and GLAAD did not respond to numerous phone calls and messages for comment on “The Gay Kids Are All Right” article.

WATCH: Cindy McCain, Denise Richards, Kat Von D and other celebrities speak out against gay bullying:

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  • truebearing

    I think I can hear a thundering herd of outraged, whining, bitching gays, furious at their special victim status being called into question. They should appear on this thread any second now….

  • clw

    “Shortly after the suicide of gay Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, numerous celebrities and public figures spoke out against homosexual bullying and harassment”.

    Well if someone had secretly taped ME having sex with someone and put it out on the internet I might be suicidal too, and I’m not gay! It’s just more gay drama and the “look at me! look at me!” factor…

    The poor special ed kids are the ones that have a hard life in school; and the “quirky” kids. There aren’t many kids who DON’T feel they were singled out in some way in school, and yes, bullied.

  • KIM LIONS

    There are so many reasons why kids bully other kids, being poor and having your hair and clothes show it, being over weight, guys having absolutely no athletic ability, being socially awkward, bright red hair and a face full of freckles, the list can go on and on. Though I hate bullying for any reason, we must stop picking a select group and making it all about them, like the treatment they get is somehow different or harsher or worse because they are gay. Yet when a man was bullied outside a voting prescient it was ok because he was white and the bully was black. I had two guys in high school commit suicide, both were rejected and bullied and both were not gay. I still think of them from time to time and wish someone had known the depth of their pain. This focus on one specific bullied group will backfire, and cause many to start yelling “what about all of us”. This is all about being politically correct when it comes to selective groups of people and the rest of us can all to H-ll!

  • BillyShaft

    I like Greg Gutfeld’s take on bullies. WE are ALL bullies.

    http://www.dailygut.com/?i=4803

  • jonavark

    LOTS of kids are committing suicide. Tired, SO tired of the gay exclusive right to be pitied. Keep it up and no one will care.

    I don’t really care how many washed up ‘stars’ are paid to do PSAs. That makes me care less.

  • ddlargo

    Do we really need scientific evidence to know their are gay kids committing suicide because of bulling???

    I know from first had experciance that being a gay teen is a harder life. Some how, I survived, but wonder of all those kids that are no longer with us!

    I’m pro-life for a reason. It doesn’t matter is or out of the womb, when childern are needlessly ending their lives, there is never enough media coverage!

    Think about it; if an article came out saying there is no scientific evidence that aborting babys is morally wrong, would pro-lifers like me take it seriously and shut up! NO WAY!!!

    • Newly Minted

      There we have it. The two sacraments of the left, abortion and homosexuality.

      I grew up with same-sex attraction too. I didn’t find it that bad, a bit frustrating but ALL teenagers are frustrated.

      What’s missing from all of this is one fact, that homosexuality is caused by disturbance in early childhood. We’ll always see all sorts of psychological problems in people who have same sex attraction.

      An ocean of tolerance will never change the fact that homosexuality is hopelessly messed up. I lived it for decades. I’ve seen it in all my friends. It’s hopeless to try to change this.

  • papa1

    Bullying is wrong, no matter who is being bullied.

    • misthiocracy

      Hear hear! It would have been nice if the schools I attended during adolescence had paid any attention to bullying against white, straight males. In hindsight, I should have gone to the police after a few incidents.