And take a look at our graphic below. You might not have thought that marriage equality legislation could drive down youth suicide rates. But it looks like it has, particularly for sexual minorities. Check it out – and be reminded of what a “you are welcome here” sign can make in a young person’s confidence and desire to excel.
Senior Editor with The Christian Science Monitor‘s EqualEd section
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… hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourselves. This generation coming up – unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic …You believe in a fair, just, inclusive America [and world]; … and you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands.
President Barack Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago, IL
I was heart broken several years ago during a visit to The Mother Church when a reliable source high within the movement informed me of his close friend and student of Christian Science who committed suicide after class instruction while trying to pray away the gay. He had a parent who worked for The Christian Science Monitor/The Mother Church. Perhaps the Church could learn from this sad plight and stop the use of badly applied Christian Science as tool for “reparative therapy”. Could this be one of the many examples of malpractice that are out there? What if this was your child? This is for all those who never had a voice or suffered in silence. This is for him and the ones who didn’t make it.
Video – Reparative therapy unmasked. Bigotry is an attack on Christian Science. Mrs. Eddy would say: Not in my name!
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When states moved to allow same sex marriage – as 32 did from 1999-2015, until the Supreme Court made it the law of the land – it appears teens were a surprising beneficiary. The proportion of all high school students reporting a suicide attempt in the past year dropped 7 percent after the legal changes, and was heavily concentrated among gay, lesbian, and bisexual students, who are at higher risk. The study, published by JAMA Pediatrics, found that the declines are associated with the legal changes. With same-sex marriage now legal across the nation, that 7 percent drop could mean that 134,446 fewer adolescents will attempt suicide each year.
Note: Amelia Newcomb is a senior editor with The Christian Science Monitor’s EqualEd section. She also serves as The Monitor’s international news editor, overseeing four bureaus and numerous contributors from around the globe. Prior to that, she held positions as the editor of The Monitor’s award-winning former education section and its Ideas section, and wrote on a wide variety of education issues. She has also reported periodically from China and Japan. Before joining The Monitor 20 years ago, Newcomb worked for Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun in Washington for two years. She was a 2008 recipient of an International Report Fellowship for in-depth reporting on Japan, and was also a 2013 Sulzberger Fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A graduate of Harvard University in East Asian Studies, she also holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.