Groundspark Responds to Tragic News of Teen Suicides

In the fall of 2010, the national media was filled with stories of the deaths of many teenagers who took their own lives. The news reports indicated that these young people committed suicide after being subjected to harassment and ridicule because they were gay, thought to be gay, or behaved in ways that didn’t conform to stereotypes of how boys and young men are “supposed” to act (and in some cases young women).

In memory of these youth we are proud to offer our best resources to help youth, parents, and educators take action to create safer, more inclusive schools and communities.

These include:

That’s a Family! – opens up respectful dialogue in elementary school about differences in families and differences of all kinds. (make a new link to the TAF page)
Let’s Get Real—about middle school name-calling, bullying, and bias
Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up—how teens are confronting our culture’s ideas of “male” and “female”
It’s Elementary—Talking About Gay Issues in School—shows teachers addressing bias in K-8 classrooms
It’s STILL Elementary—a new call to action for schools to address anti-LGBT stigma.

Watch these films and have a conversation about what the messages are in your own family,
your own school, your own community. Make a plan to challenge bias and increase understanding.