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1 October 5th, 2010 Y&R’s Thom Bierdz Video on gay teen suicide from bullying & how the arts can help!

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The Young and the Restless, Thom Bierdz (Phillip) produced this PSA-type video announcement in lieu of the tragic deaths over the last weeks from gay teens who have committed suicide after being bullied. You have read, seen, and heard about the  horrific death of the Rutgers student, who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.  Now, Bierdz sent along this note below and video to let gay teens know it does get better, and that he has a special arts project that one can get enter and get involved with.  And for gay teens to reach out to people before you take that last drastic step to end your life.

Bierdz stated: ” Since I am from Wisconsin, my gay soap opera character Phillip Chancellor III is from Wisconsin, and there were two teenage gay suicide incidents in Wisconsin this week – one who died, one who tried. Gay teens are 4 times more likely to take their lives – because they feel ashamed and alone. I want to help people see their pain, so the bullying stops.”

Watch the Video after the jump!

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  1. bottomchef says:

    It’s obviously terrible when anyone is bullied. I know of many lgbtq persons who have gone thru bullying bec of their oreintation, their effeminate mannerisms, etc. It’s good that people are helping those who are bullied. People automatically assume that the lgbtq community is 1 unified “family” when it actually does not feel that way for many ppl. lgbtq people can be just as bad towards other people in the queer community. I wouldn’t classify it as bullying per se, but there’s a lot of “maltreatment” w/in the lgbtq community bec of bitchiness, racial discrimination, separation between lesbians and queer men. There’s also a separation, or a class system, w/in the queer community w/c is based on physical appearance (race, weight, age, “beauty”, etc). It’s not this harmonious community where everyone gets along either. The lgbtq community can be just as unwelcoming as str8 people, and when you think abt it, that’s even worse than being bullied by heterosexuals.

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