Another Gay Teen Suicide in Minnesota

There are 10 comments on the EDGEnewengland.com News Feed story from Jan 18, 2011, titled Another Gay Teen Suicide in Minnesota. In it, EDGEnewengland.com News Feed reports that:

Add to the depressing list of gay teens who have committed suicide over bullying Lance Lundsten, 18, of Milton, Minn.

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Homosapian

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jan 18, 2011
Teens, high school is a short part of your life and not a predictor of your future. Find a way to get through because you have so many choices when you leave the k-12 system that can lead to a life without (if you choose) any of those people from high school.
Kdt

United States

#3 Jan 18, 2011
Why why why. Shame shame shame. It makes me sad.
Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#4 Jan 18, 2011
High school can be EXTREMELY TOUGH for a gay teen. I know my time in high school was. It was bad enough just having an Irish name there (Commack South was 90% Italian, 5% Jewish, and 5% everything else).

If I had come out at Commack South, I never would have lived thru it. I ahd to wait until college tocome out. I just Tnak God I had the courage to do so at that time. That was 30 years ago ad I have been totally out ever since.

And being openly gay in college was the BEST time in my life.
Blacktigershark

Toronto, Canada

#5 Jan 18, 2011
Frank Stanton wrote:
High school can be EXTREMELY TOUGH for a gay teen. I know my time in high school was. It was bad enough just having an Irish name there (Commack South was 90% Italian, 5% Jewish, and 5% everything else).
If I had come out at Commack South, I never would have lived thru it. I ahd to wait until college tocome out. I just Tnak God I had the courage to do so at that time. That was 30 years ago ad I have been totally out ever since.
And being openly gay in college was the BEST time in my life.
You're an old bastard too then...that explains why you have such ignorant and trashy remarks on some forums...good to know, Frankie!

Since: Jan 10

Spring, TX

#6 Jan 18, 2011
God, this is just heartbreaking. I don't understand why people have such a problem with gays. I don't understand! I'm straight and I don't feel in the least bit threatened by anyone's sexual orientation. In fact, I think gay people are very special because they have to be so strong and they certainly face opposition and cruelty and most of them rise above it all. That takes true courage in my book. I'm so sorry to all of you out there who are gay that you have to endure all the malicious fucking tyrannical, judgmental hypocrites and holier-than-thou's out there. My thoughts and prayers go out for this young man and his family and friends. Stay strong folks. RIP Lance. You're in a place where love for everyone is abundant.:'(

Since: Jan 10

Spring, TX

#7 Jan 18, 2011
Frank Stanton wrote:
High school can be EXTREMELY TOUGH for a gay teen. I know my time in high school was. It was bad enough just having an Irish name there (Commack South was 90% Italian, 5% Jewish, and 5% everything else).
If I had come out at Commack South, I never would have lived thru it. I ahd to wait until college tocome out. I just Tnak God I had the courage to do so at that time. That was 30 years ago ad I have been totally out ever since.
And being openly gay in college was the BEST time in my life.
It must have been very difficult for you Frank. Good for you that you had the courage to come out and take control of your life. I truly hope you are happy and will continue to be happy always. I admire your strength.
Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#8 Jan 19, 2011
I was surprised at college by the fact that although I was 18 years old ehen I graduated high school in June, and 18 years old when I began college in August, they way I was treated was like night and day. In high school, I was treated like a kid. In college, I was treated as an adult, by students and faculty alike. I think that's a big resaon I was able to coe out incollege, because I NEVER had a problem in college with ANYONE, students, friends, faculty, etc., after I came out.

That NEVER woud have happened in high school.

Closets can suffocate you and kill you.

Since: Jan 10

Spring, TX

#9 Jan 19, 2011
Frank Stanton wrote:
I was surprised at college by the fact that although I was 18 years old ehen I graduated high school in June, and 18 years old when I began college in August, they way I was treated was like night and day. In high school, I was treated like a kid. In college, I was treated as an adult, by students and faculty alike. I think that's a big resaon I was able to coe out incollege, because I NEVER had a problem in college with ANYONE, students, friends, faculty, etc., after I came out.
That NEVER woud have happened in high school.
Closets can suffocate you and kill you.
I agree. Though I'm straight and never went through what you went through, I had a good friend that was gay in high school and this was the 70's. His dad was a Marine D.I. so the poor kid really had it rough. I went to the prom with him so he wouldn't miss his Sr. Prom. He did everything he could to deny his true feelings and he didn't come out until college himself. It was sad but he's happy now. I know his father didn't take it well.
Yargvlad22

Escalon, CA

#10 Jan 19, 2011
It's so sad to see that a title that day another gay teen suicide, basically say oh yeah another one of the gays killed himself. High is hard because all the teasing but I swear to everyone that it gets better. Once highschiol is over you have so many more options in life and you get to see the world in a better light. Once you hit college make new friends and experience life for what it really is, and have faith in yourself and just keep thinking life is gonna be better, cause goin in with that positive attitude you will feel so much better, cause it helped me, I hope it can help everyone else

Since: Jan 10

Spring, TX

#11 Jan 19, 2011
Yargvlad22 wrote:
It's so sad to see that a title that day another gay teen suicide, basically say oh yeah another one of the gays killed himself. High is hard because all the teasing but I swear to everyone that it gets better. Once highschiol is over you have so many more options in life and you get to see the world in a better light. Once you hit college make new friends and experience life for what it really is, and have faith in yourself and just keep thinking life is gonna be better, cause goin in with that positive attitude you will feel so much better, cause it helped me, I hope it can help everyone else
I saw one poor guy I think on a talk show who had told his family he was gay and they coldly turned their back on him and he was heartbroken and crying. I just wanted to reach through the TV and hug him. I don't understand how people can do that to someone they supposedly loved. If my daughter told me she was a lesbian I would love her and support her no matter what. I'd want her to be happy and I raised her to be true to herself. Acceptance is love, unconditional love and it should always be that way with friends and family.

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