The nation has become acutely aware recently of the rash of suicides by LGBT youth caused by homophobic bullying. Once largely overlooked by society or simply tolerated, there has been a national movement to address it as a serious issue.
We have seen in the entertainment industry in shows like Ellen and Glee, the topics being addressed. Ellen interviewed Madonna in what I thought was a very poignant interview about the topic. On Glee, the story lines following the character of Kurt, and even the misfits like the ones about the one of one of the coaches and the bad boy Pug all centered on how we view those who do not quite fit it and how we perceive them.
Glee’s storyline on Kurt perhaps resonated the most with me as the very individual, tender hearted , and often courageous young gay out man who endures the onslaughts of abuse from a bully simply because of being gay on Glee. The storyline is meaty. He finally meets a potential love interest. He gets his first kiss in a very interesting way. He personifies the very word “courage.”
Many young people don’t live in the ideal world of Glee where your problem is solved in a song and dance number, but they do live among people who I know can care enough to reach out to them to let them know that their lives are worth it. I hope the lesson that we can all learn is that bullying should never be tolerated and that all young people, no matter who they are, are worth saving and protecting from harm.
- “Glee’s “Never Been Kissed” episode (Glee 2×06) also introduces Blaine, a gay student from a rival school’s glee club, played by Darren Criss.” and related posts (blogs.babble.com)
- Glee’s Chris Colfer: “I Was Definitely Bullied” [Teenage Wasteland] (jezebel.com)
- “Which Glee character delivered Kurt’s first Kiss?” and related posts (blogs.babble.com)
- Ryan Murphy Brings a Bullying Story to ‘Glee’ (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Madonna Talks Bullying & Upcoming New Album With Ellen (omg.yahoo.com)
- Glee ‘to highlight gay suicides’ (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Tuesday, On Glee… (perezhilton.com)
- Kurt’s got a b?yfriend! And all the songs from Glee’s ‘Never Been Kissed’ episode (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Homophobic Bullying Claims Another Teenage Life (lezgetreal.com)
- Madonna speaks out about bullying! (popbytes.com)
- Madonna Does ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ (pinkisthenewblog.com)
- Madonna Urges End To Bullying On ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ (mtv.com)
- Madonna Raises Her Voice Against Bullies (popcrunch.com)
- In the Wake of Tragic Suicides, Online Contributors and Media Personalities Express Their Support for LGBT Youth (pinkbananaworld.com)