The suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman who jumped from the George Washington Bridge last year after discovering that his roommate had secretly streamed Mr. Clementi’s romantic interlude with another man on the Internet, captured world-wide attention. In the wake of his death, stories of gay youths being bullied and taking their own lives proliferated.
The subsequent outpouring of concern from parents, educators and those who had survived bullying themselves inspired “It Gets Better,” a campaign led by the columnist and author Dan Savage in which thousands of lesbian and gay adults shared their stories to assure all teenagers that society has a place for them.
Popular culture has reinforced this message of acceptance. For example, the hit TV show “Glee” has had three story lines involving gay teenagers this season, including Chris Colfer’s and Darren Criss’s characters’ matter-of-fact courtship — which includes rare same-sex kissing. Lady Gaga has countered the antigay rhetoric many young people hear in their churches and communities with the song “Born This Way,” increasing her already large fan base among gay and lesbian teenagers.
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