Children should not have to hide who they are. Neither should their mentors.
A life is a high price to pay to keep a secret. My family and I paid that price when my 18-year-old brother Ian committed suicide. He was unable to express who he was and it cost him his life. Keeping the same secret almost cost me mine.
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24. Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth, and almost five times as likely to require medical treatment.*
LGBTQ youth are injured by peers, adults, and institutions who fail to recognize their basic human rights. They are mistreated for who they are, how they act, or how they are perceived. This mistreatment results in depression, anxiety, self-harm, addiction, suicide attempts, high rates of drug and alcohol addiction, and suicide itself.
Children should not have to keep who they are a secret. Neither should their mentors.
When they pay with their dignity, safety, and lives, we all lose. Help stop that loss by reading this book and giving it to others. When a secret is killing someone, it’s time to talk about it.