teens The Most Inspiring Celebrity Speeches on Gay Teen Suicide  

Joanne Phillips
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Due to the alarming amount of gay teen suicides due to gay bullying in the past few weeks, many celebrities have come out against gay teen bullying and have come forth with inspiring stories or great talking points about gay bullying and the gay teen suicides in general. Here's a regularly-updated list (that will be updated the second any new, inspiring celebrity videos pop up) that can show you the story of what's going on, who truly cares about this cause and the hotlines and channels where people can find help. Please spread this around or at least tell people that this is going on.
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Joel Burns "There's so, so, so much more"


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Joel Burns tells the most personal story yet on the most public forum, in front of an entire city council.

It's 12 minutes long, but beautiful and 100% worth it.
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Tim Gunn "I Attempted to Kill Myself"


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Possibly the most powerful message a gay celebrity has delivered thus far (this list will be updated and added to forever as new videos are made, so feel free to bookmark this list), Tim Gunn delivers a very important message to gay teens who are contemplating suicide.

That message is that he was once exactly where they are.

Tim Gunn's very public admission that he not only went through a lot of the depression that gay teens are going through right now, but that it was in a different time and that he actually did try to kill himself really should hit home. A lot of these videos are people who everyone is familiar with giving head-clearing, level-headed advice.

This comes from a man who not only went through what gay teens are going through right now, but probably with the same amount, if not more, bullying and he actually went for the worst case scenario.

He regrets doing it wholeheartedly and knows that when he did that he was wrong. A truly heartfelt and emotional response from an extremely popular gay celebrity.302850,-591238480,"www.ranker.com/list/top-10-most-brutal-anti-masturbation-devices/robert-wabash","A long, long time ago, a physician named Tissot came to the conclusion that to ejaculate meant that a man would lose "vital fluids" central to his well-being. Every e*********n would lead to a consistent loss and therefore a decrease his energy and his ability to be active in life. Intercourse didn’t count because a woman made up for the "vital fluids" loss by receiving it and giving back energy.

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3

Various Celebrities "It Gets Better"


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Anne Hathaway, Jenny McCarthy, Ian Somerhalder, Greg Grunberg, Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz Erika Jayne, Ashley Roberts, Shay Michell, Kristin Cavallari, Katherina Graham, Candice Accola and Rex Lee (who plays Lloyd on Entourage) got together to make a compilation video telling people that no matter what happens, it gets better.

It's absolutely amazing to see a collection of celebrities rallying for such a great cause. From pin-ups, to Oscar-nominated actresses, to action stars, to reality TV tabloid starlets, they all advocate finding help at the Trevor Project, a free, 24-hour, national hotline for LGBT people contemplating suicide.

Here's the info:
1-866-4-U-Trevor

1-866-488-7386

www.thetrevorproject.org
www.facebook.com/thetrevorproject
www.twitter.com/trevorproject
www.youtube.com/trevorprojectmedia
www.socialvibe.com/thetrevorproject
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Ellen Degeneres "This Needs to Be a Wake-Up Call"


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The day that the 4th gay teen suicide surfaced (Tyler Clementi) Ellen Degeneres sat at her chair, where she usually dances or interviews the newest, most fun celebrities and figures from the LGBT community, and made an earnest, serious comment.

"This needs to be a wake up call to everyone that teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country and the epidemic is climbing. One life lost in this senseless way is tragic, four lives lost is a crisis."

This is another amazing call to action that is thankfully being rallied thanks to Dan Savage's Trevor Project.