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CDC: Non-straight youth more at risk
June 7th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

CDC: Non-straight youth more at risk

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Acceptance is critical for gay teens' mental health, but many young people still experience rejection by peers and family members for their sexual orientation.

A new CDC report emphasizes the dangers of that rejection. Researchers found that gay, lesbian and bisexual youth are more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as substance use and violence. The report does not prove a cause and effect, but study authors recognize that a lack of acceptance is the likely culprit.

"We do know that there are some gay, lesbian [and] bisexual kids who face an incredible amount of stigma, discrimination, disapproval from their own families, social rejection at school, and all of these things can contribute to the disproportionate rates of health-risk behaviors that we’re reporting in this report," said Laura Kann, of the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health, and lead author of the report.

"Those things are very real and they definitely can translate into what we’re seeing here in the data," she said.

The report looked at population-based data from 2001 to 2009 through the CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which looks at health-risk behaviors. The CDC analyzed information from seven states and six large urban school districts. Students in the study were in grades 9 to 12.

Researchers found that youth who had sexual contact with members of the same sex, or who identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, were more likely to use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, as well as engage in suicidal behaviors, violence, and unhealthy dietary behaviors.

The CDC observed similar patterns among white, black and Hispanic youth. They did not track information about socioeconomic background of participants.

This is the largest federal government report on this topic ever issued, but it corroborates the conclusions of many smaller studies done previously, Kann said.

A 2010 study in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing found that family acceptance of LGBT youth predicts positive outcomes in mental health, self esteem, and overall health status.

Kann stressed "how important it is to make sure that all youth are given the kind of environment where they can feel socially, emotionally and physically safe and supported."

"Schools, communities and families really need to do everything they can to make sure that happens for kids," she said.

If you're a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or questioning young person in trouble, call the Trevor Project crisis line at 866-4-U-TREVOR.

Did you know at an early age that you were gay? Share an iReport.


soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. JD

    In a related study, everyone else is happier when people indulge their preferences, regardless of what those preferences are. Thanks for telling us nothing useful, but framing it in a way that's likely to skew beliefs about a controversial subject.

    June 7, 2011 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dee

      Well I hope the pedophile in my neighborhood doesn't decide to 'indulge' in his 'preferences.' There's something very wrong with your reasoning.

      June 7, 2011 at 15:03 | Report abuse |
    • Barter_Town

      You're an idiot.

      June 7, 2011 at 15:10 | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Seriously, limits are important. Without them, people would find themselves sliding into all kinds of activities. Anyway, name-callers on threads are pitiful. Can't find anything intelligent to say?

      June 7, 2011 at 15:38 | Report abuse |
    • TRUTH!!!

      No matter how you look at it non-straight people are hated, resented, descriminated, and view as being sick nor diseased. Is it true? NO! Is it right? NO!!, but people can only understand what thier minds can comprehend and in most cases that is to judge. Being gay is what people are and "sometimes" want to be. What i cant never understand and comprehend is why dont people just worry about themselves? Its not your life and none of your bees wax. Why do people go out of their way to care about something in a negative way that has no impact on them. Why do we text while driving? Stupidity and lack of mind -______-

      June 7, 2011 at 23:08 | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      While perhaps somewhat simplistic, JD isn't far off. If, instead of LGBT, you were to focus on kids who are obese, you'd find similar things - kids whose parents accepted them and were nice to them come out much better than kids whose parents berate them and belittle them. The focus on LGBT is just pandering to a specific group.

      June 8, 2011 at 09:52 | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      Im sorry but just becaue you dont breed doesnt make you less valuable or less human.. @ qou2 your smart for seeing its genetic an idiot for not seeing our purpose.. HUmans need to wake up! Your opinions do not reign supreme in my life so shut your pie HOLES.. Next thing you know str8 men are going to be raping women with the excuse " i have a penis.. we are ment to breed" NO your ment to die! YOu live to die.. end of story what happens inbetween life and death will never change you will die one day.. so lets be as happy as possible till death comes.. that means shutting your ignorant mouth!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:02 | Report abuse |
  2. Michael

    What an ignorant statement.

    June 7, 2011 at 13:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ben Dover

      childish. get a life.

      June 7, 2011 at 14:53 | Report abuse |
  3. Tonic

    It's not rocket science to figure out that when one's family disowns them, people bully them and some (not all) try to use religion to justify expressing bigotry and hatred that one might try to self-medicate to cope. It's a very sad truth, but thankfully one that is changing due to people becoming educated and less fearful of the gay community.

    June 7, 2011 at 13:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Honest

      Nobody "fears" the gay community. People disagree. It is not bigotry, fear, or hatred to find a lifestyle distasteful. It is, however, quite dishonest to define everyone who disagrees with you that way.

      June 7, 2011 at 14:06 | Report abuse |
    • Tonic

      That's not true at all. While some may disagree or find things distasteful (which is fine as long as one is tolerant and causes no harm), many people hate all things gay. Psychologically speaking, hate is ALWAYS linked to fear.

      June 7, 2011 at 14:14 | Report abuse |
    • todd

      Honest, really? Gays are told they are sick, damned, and diseased. How is that anything but hatred and bigotry? We can't marry and get all the federal perks that heteros can. We can be fired, thrown out of homes, and denied visitation rights for being gay.

      Please explain yourself.

      June 7, 2011 at 14:19 | Report abuse |
    • jpegger

      @honest... It is a fact that people "fear" what we don't understand. Therefore, "fear" of the gay community stems from not fully understanding it. You say, it is not fear, hatred or bigotry gay people are experiencing... Just a "distasteful" opinion of their "lifestyle". This statement exemplifies your fear due to your ignorance or lack of understanding towards gay people as the term "lifestyle" suggests there is a "choice" in the matter. There is no "choice", there is no "lifestyle". Being gay is innate, and is not a choice, just as eye color is not a choice.

      June 7, 2011 at 14:20 | Report abuse |
    • mike hunt

      hate is completley different from fear. no one "fears" gays, they just dont like them.

      June 7, 2011 at 14:26 | Report abuse |
    • jpegger

      @mike hunt

      Nope, you're wrong. We definitely hate what we fear... Psychology 101. And who is "they"? Most people don't have a problem with gay people. Only uneducated hicks... Which explains why you've never had Psych 101.

      June 7, 2011 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
    • hasc

      So I guess it's time to socially engineer. Let's get right to the core of the matter and re-write the Bible.

      June 7, 2011 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
    • rahul

      hitler 'disagreed' with the jewish community.

      the KKK 'disagrees' with minorities at large.

      hate is so much more benign when you simply label it as 'disagreeing,' isn't it?

      June 7, 2011 at 15:19 | Report abuse |
    • Neeneko

      @Reality

      Yet this same logic gets dropped by Christians when people come out against the religion or various Churches... When one is on the receiving end 'I hate what you are, not who you are' is very little comfort and is pretty functionally equivalent to 'I hate you and want you to not exist'

      June 8, 2011 at 08:22 | Report abuse |
  4. Tonic

    That actually makes it all worse, Anna, and creates a turmoil that is toxic.

    June 7, 2011 at 13:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Patrick

    Anna, you're clearly part of the problem.

    June 7, 2011 at 13:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Rome Sterling

    How could you say that!?! You're one of the people who cause this article. You're basically asking people to change themselves just so YOU won't have to waste your breath insulting them. WOW.

    June 7, 2011 at 14:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. jpegger

    Albeit, "Anna" is just a stupid troll looking to inflame people... Her mindset is real and IS the problem.

    June 7, 2011 at 14:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Guest

    How has that helped you Anna?

    June 7, 2011 at 14:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. P. George

    Anna... We're all God's children. You shouldn't supress or try to change what God himself has made. Such ignorance is just wrong and stupid.

    June 7, 2011 at 14:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike hunt

      these are choices. god doesnt make your choices for you.

      June 7, 2011 at 14:20 | Report abuse |
    • gayparent

      When did you decide to be hetero?

      June 7, 2011 at 15:51 | Report abuse |
    • John T

      The bible is only meaningful to those who follow it. It for example has no bearing on myself as I do not follow it. If you think the bible says do not be gay then don't be one. Respect the rights of gays and lesbians though to be as they are made.

      June 7, 2011 at 18:25 | Report abuse |
    • zadie

      In response to the rather daft comment by Booperguy, I will quote a very wise man, "how many gay people does God have to make before you understand that He wants them around?"

      June 7, 2011 at 22:20 | Report abuse |
  10. knight

    Why don't YOU go find a hole to crawl into? THAT would REALLY help

    June 7, 2011 at 14:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. t

    god would not have put us on this planet if he did not want people to be gay lesbian bi trans straight. So there you go people. If it werent for the people who did not accept people of different orientation there would not be this problem of more people using drugs/alcohol.

    June 7, 2011 at 14:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike hunt

      WHAT?!

      June 7, 2011 at 14:23 | Report abuse |
    • Raph

      Why do U think we're spending all this money on space exploraton. We have to get them off the planet.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:24 | Report abuse |
  12. Zeus

    anna is right on!

    June 7, 2011 at 14:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. jpegger

    GayNN? Wow... efrghjk, You're soooooo creative! LOL! How long did it take you to come up with that? You're definitely NOT gay;)

    June 7, 2011 at 14:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. David

    Just read alot of these comments, there are some very hateful people out there.. People who love to troll the boards and bash everyone.. So as you can imagine, those people produce offspring and the cycle of bullies continues.. Usually people who feel the need to put down others has some issues of their own that they are fighting. If you can't comment without putting someone down, then why comment at all? What's the point?..Oh well. We all just have to try to live our lives the best we can, and just ignore the criticisms and judgements of people we don't know at all...

    June 7, 2011 at 14:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • TRUTH!!!

      I agree 🙂 Y cant people just mind their own bees wax?

      June 7, 2011 at 23:25 | Report abuse |
  15. J

    theres a difference between tolerance and acceptance.

    June 7, 2011 at 14:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tonic

      @J

      Exactly. I may not accept a friend marrying a _______ person (insert brunette, blue-eyed or whatever) but I tolerate them and have no right to bully, discriminate, disown or display hatred to them.

      June 7, 2011 at 15:23 | Report abuse |
  16. Bob

    @ Booperguy; Your ignorant, spiteful comments serve no purpose here other than to turn more people away from Christianity. I've read the bible, and it doesn't teach us to hate and judge one another. You're part of the problem here, leave the judgement to someone (God), who is wothy of judging us humans.

    June 7, 2011 at 14:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dee

      Ddi you see the recent article by CNN where people THINK they know what's in the Bible. You're spouting off some stuff that is a social gospel – probably from a few tv sermons here and there. It's true that God is the final judge, but I challenge you to actually read the Bible. It's not easy to read, but considering how many people read through long Harry Potter books, I wish more people would just read it [the Bible].

      June 7, 2011 at 15:46 | Report abuse |
    • kells

      yeah i wish also but its just a sinful world. people would prefer to watch movies and read novels and do crazy stuff because that pleasure. but d bibble tell us the trust and most people don't like the truth.

      June 7, 2011 at 15:54 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      You live in a box with your sin and hateful resentment of people who actually want to enjoy themselves as pose to reading a make believe book written the sole purpose of brainwashing you into following make believe sciptures and that just sound cool instead of just thinking for yourself and making your own decision.

      June 8, 2011 at 21:34 | Report abuse |
  17. jpegger

    Or, it suggests that people who lack compassion and morals for those that have been pushed to the margins of society (you know, people like you) inflict irreparable harm to a developing child... Which leads to this behavior. But again, you wouldn't know this due to your obviously low intelligence level.

    June 7, 2011 at 14:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Dave

    The lesbians that I know have received most of their black eyes and bruises from other lesbians. As for gay males I don't know if they abuse their partners as much. Why no reporting about violence amongst gays.

    June 7, 2011 at 14:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. ivan

    Why can't we electrocute all the ignorant and bigoted people who point fingers at us gay people? I say let's round them up and torture them. I have no problem at all with this stance. I would gladly deal with the justice system in order to get justice. I can tell you if someone were to try putting me in what they deem as the where I should be I would put them into the ground.

    June 7, 2011 at 14:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Morgan

      Not cool. Not cool at all.

      June 7, 2011 at 16:01 | Report abuse |
    • doc

      you're going to have a bit of a problem rounding me up and torturing me, but you can try it if you want, just make sure your life/health insurance is paid up first.

      June 7, 2011 at 16:28 | Report abuse |
    • shawbrooke

      Threatening violence because you think that people don't understand you is way over the top.

      June 7, 2011 at 17:46 | Report abuse |
  20. Like

    "LikeButton"

    June 7, 2011 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. pointless1

    Funny anna... doesn't look like you have a problem being yourself.. what a tool..

    June 7, 2011 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Ben Dover

    Do you even know a non-straight person? Why are there are more straight people in prisons?

    June 7, 2011 at 14:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tom-ay

      Oh I love this! Teh most costly corporate crime is a product of white straight men. Should we bar them from working and heading our corporations? Christians are actually respossible for the most dealths on the planet than any other religious group in history (Hitler WAS a Christian against Judism, The Crusades killed thoudands..., England and Ireland..., England and the Colonists (wanting a new type of Christianity). Shoudn't we be afriad of them and it should be okay to discriminate against them? They have a history of MURDER and stealing from Corporations on a grand scale!. Gays aren't realkly known for this. Who values are more valuable?

      June 8, 2011 at 18:36 | Report abuse |
  23. J

    if everyone were gay or lesbian the human race would die out. that proves its unnatural

    June 7, 2011 at 14:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Morgan

      ... how does that prove it? Being different isn't automatically "unnatural."

      June 7, 2011 at 16:02 | Report abuse |
    • Guester

      Could well be a very natural form of population control.

      June 7, 2011 at 17:29 | Report abuse |
    • FairGarden

      @Gueter, no. It creates un-defendable(weakened) nation and more numbers of insane and sick people who suck up energy and resource of normal, healthy population. It's divastating. Present Americans should be ready to be enslaved by others if the world continues.

      June 7, 2011 at 17:55 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nonsense from the usual source, UnfairGarden.

      June 7, 2011 at 19:00 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Baloney. Gays aren't 'sick' or 'insane' and there is zero proof that they somehow 'weaken' our nation.

      Muttonheads like you, on the other hand, are weakening it more every time you open your mouth or type a post. Especially when you can't even spell a simple word like "devastating".

      June 7, 2011 at 19:02 | Report abuse |
    • TomJohnes

      whoever in this discussion is considering "GLBT" lifestyles appropriate and/or normal and/or ethical could you
      please explain why.

      June 7, 2011 at 21:48 | Report abuse |
    • quo

      if gays are born gay then there's clearly a genetic mutation that causes them to have irregular reproductive drives. Nature intends for healthy individuals within a species to reproduce, if some congenital condition impedes your ability to reproduce, then it is most likely some type of genetic mutation, and by a loose definition gays could be considered "sick"

      June 7, 2011 at 22:34 | Report abuse |
    • quo2

      you're wrong
      if gays are born gay then there's clearly a genetic mutation that causes them to have irregular reproductive drives. Nature intends for healthy individuals within a species to reproduce, if some congenital condition impedes your ability to reproduce, then it is most likely some type of genetic mutation, and by a loose definition gays could be considered "sick"

      June 7, 2011 at 22:35 | Report abuse |
    • quo2

      that's incorrect

      if gays are born gay then there's clearly a genetic mutation that causes them to have irregular reproductive drives. Nature intends for healthy individuals within a species to reproduce, if some congenital condition impedes your ability to reproduce, then it is most likely some type of genetic mutation, and by a loose definition gays could be considered "sick"

      June 7, 2011 at 22:36 | Report abuse |
    • prony

      you have a genetic mutation for thinking that.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:37 | Report abuse |
    • Michael Bonanno

      Wont need to worry about that. I've got a sister in-law with 4 kids she can't afford. 🙂 As long as the govt. keeps dishing out checks, population will continue to grow lol. Sad but true.

      June 8, 2011 at 01:13 | Report abuse |
  24. Ben Dover

    This report depicts non-straights as being monsters. How the hell do you think this article paints them in a positive way? Read the comments as well. See? This article is promoting ignorant b.s.

    June 7, 2011 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Meme

    More liberal bologne. So now any group or class that is immoral at its foundation will need to be accepted so that their young members don't feel that their immoral choices are bad and feel rejected. Could any story try to kill off the existance of God than this one? We have moral laws and they are very real. If you reject morality you cannot demand that you are given acceptance. Wake up ppl.

    June 7, 2011 at 14:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stephen

      @Meme

      You reject my version of morality - which is to accept gay people because that is what feels right for them, because they can find consenting partners, and because I want people to be happy.

      Because you reject my morality, I will not accept you.

      SEE how bad it is when I'm unmerciful like that? You advocate the same lack of mercy. Do you really want a world governed by hard, cold law like that? How about you create it in your head because no one who knows how to be happy will want to live in that world.

      June 8, 2011 at 03:11 | Report abuse |
  26. Pastor Evans

    I'm surprised the media would put something like this out seeing as though they have a pro-gay/ lesbian agenda. Listen, nobody hates anyone who is gay/ lesbian, when we preach and teach the Gospel of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, we're telling them the truth and where the answers are. This is real love. Not allowing somebody stay or get caught up in something desired by the Devil to destroy them. This goes for fornication, drinking, smoking, drugs, etc...Sin is Sin, this is why we ALL need the saving grace, love, and power that can only be provided to us by the one who created us!!! Amen!!

    June 7, 2011 at 15:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Neeneko

      In other words, you hate them and desire for them not to exist because their very existence (or even worse, them being happy) offends you.

      June 8, 2011 at 08:25 | Report abuse |
  27. Moses

    Nah your afraid . . .

    June 7, 2011 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. WWRRD

    90% of the population is not Gay. My guess is many of them don't understand what it is like to have those urges, it clearly seems either unatural, sinful, and for many just disgusting. People can be tolerant, but I think it is a little much to expect the vast majority to roll out the red carpet and clink their glasses so they can see a gay couple make out in public.

    June 7, 2011 at 15:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • J

      you are wrong over 95% of the population is not gay. the 10% of the population being gay is constantly proven to be overstated

      June 7, 2011 at 15:13 | Report abuse |
    • WWRRD

      I was being respecfully liberal with my estimate so as not to be accused of bias.

      June 7, 2011 at 15:50 | Report abuse |
    • shawbrooke

      You're right. I think the data show that 1% of women and 3% of men are GLBT.

      June 7, 2011 at 17:44 | Report abuse |
    • Hitesh

      Are you from Texas?

      June 7, 2011 at 19:40 | Report abuse |
    • IAM12

      90% of the population is not gay? What is your source for this statistic?

      June 8, 2011 at 02:58 | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      The 10% figured from the Kinsey study of the 90s. It's an estimation from the study which holds as it describes people who not only identify themselves as openly GLBT, but those closeted as well. Since we cannot figure closeted numbers and only figure how people score on the Kinsley scale of masculinity, an assumption is all we have. The numbers are relatively consistent, however, when comparing even only "out" population percentages.

      June 8, 2011 at 04:30 | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      As J eludes to, the 10% figure so often thrown about is based upon the Kinsey study, which was shown to be highly flawed. However, since the figure (being high) suited the LGBT community they have perpetuated it and Hollywood and the media have accepted it. Among other things, it's part of the distorted logic that Hollywood often uses to ensure that they have a "sampling" of openly gay characters on many shows - they feel/claim they have to meet that 10% "quota."

      June 8, 2011 at 10:04 | Report abuse |
  29. hasc

    We have organizations like the ACLU trying to force acceptance on us through the threat of ruinous law suits. Yet acceptance can not be forced. Only compliance can be forced. We can not socially engineer this problem away.

    June 7, 2011 at 15:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. mike hunt

    :o\ srsly jepgger?

    June 7, 2011 at 15:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jpegger

      uh, yeah... srsly

      June 8, 2011 at 00:00 | Report abuse |
  31. veritas

    the answer is simple, come to JESUS, come to JESUS, easy REPENT and TURN FROM SIN and you shall be healed....

    June 7, 2011 at 15:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • EndTheHate

      Yes repent from the sins of hatred intolerance and bigotry.

      June 7, 2011 at 15:49 | Report abuse |
    • Baranga the Great

      what does my mexican neighbor have to do with this?

      June 7, 2011 at 16:26 | Report abuse |
  32. Mordechai

    What a wonderful use of our tax dollars. Tell us CDC, does rain cause the ground to get wet? Does the sun cause the sky to get light?

    June 7, 2011 at 15:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Carlton

    Jesus Christ is Lord!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 15:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • patNY

      and gay

      June 7, 2011 at 15:49 | Report abuse |
    • Jesus Christ

      and how would Jesus think of how people in the church treat gay people?

      June 7, 2011 at 19:38 | Report abuse |
  34. DDM

    You cannot pray – or beat – the gay away! Gay is nature's or god's creation in many species, for whatever reason (population control, etc). Consider that some children are born with BOTH male & female genitalia (hermaphrodites) and it is obvious that these various 'mixups' do happen and are NO fault of the child. Stop your ignorance, stop the judgment. Condemnations in ancient writings are by humans with no knowledge of genetics, hormones, etc. and any god, who would have known better, either did not exist or did not take part in such writings

    June 7, 2011 at 15:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. kls817

    There sure is a lot of bigotry on this post – from both the right and the left.
    Bible readers: read the whole book. There is no anti-gay theme in it. You act like the Pharisees of old that Jesus condemned.
    Liberals: You can't tell others not to hate while you clearly hate anyone with a different opinion from yours.

    June 7, 2011 at 15:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • His luv

      Thank you!!!! There is no greater love than the love of Jesus. It's His love that changes people through His Holy Spirit if there is any changing that needs done.

      June 7, 2011 at 21:12 | Report abuse |
    • WWRRD

      Actually ,

      There are several biblical references to men lying with men in the bible. There is also however Jesus' overall commandments to love one another, and also to let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I choose to believe that what Jesus actually said carries the most weight in the Bible. However, I struggle with truly loving and accepting Gays, their expressed behaviors are completely alien to me. However, I can tolerate and try not to do anything that impinges on their rights as humans. There are many sins and God judges each of us. Until us Christians figure out how to live without, adultery, divorce, lying, stealing and others, I suggest we not single out Gays for their actions.

      June 8, 2011 at 09:09 | Report abuse |
    • dkm

      The majority of the world doesn't believe in the Bible, Jesus or Christianity so it might be time to get a reality check on the religious comments! Your way is not everyone's way!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:51 | Report abuse |
  36. Dee

    Why not just blame rebellion for their behavior? These weekly doses of similar articles regularly posted on CNN continue to promote gay agenda in a preachy way. At its worst, Christianity is always blamed in the threads, much like Hitler blamed the Jews for everything. I think CNN should start promoting tolerance for people who are tired of being blamed for things that make no sense!

    June 7, 2011 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • IAM12

      Please enlighten us to this "Gay Agenda" of which you speak. From my perspective it appears that the only "Agenda" that is being perpetrated comes from the extremist Christian denominations that exist in this country, ie: Westboro Baptist Church, LDS, 700 Club, American Family Association, etc... I'm not saying that all of the Christian organizations are responsible for creating an "Agenda" for limiting rights of the GBLT, but it seems to me that the only ones with the "Agenda" are the religious extremist groups. For example, have you ever been fired for being a Christian and been told that's the reason for your termination? Have you ever been denied a home or an apartment simply for being a Christian? Have you ever been denied medical insurance for being a Christian? I would wager that the answer to each of these questions would be a resounding "No." The reason? It is illegal to discriminate in each of these cases on the basis of religion, race, or creed. Unfortunately, the same is not necessarily true for GBLT people. From my perspective, it is those organizations, (to name a few), that seem to have an "Agenda" in either keeping the restrictions the way that they are or by making the restrictions more restrictive for GBLT people. So who is *really* the ones with an "Agenda?"

      June 8, 2011 at 03:53 | Report abuse |
  37. gayparent

    I know first hand how people can be mean and hateful. You can certainly disagree with gay people, but you don't have to be cruel.

    June 7, 2011 at 15:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. kells

    cnn are just promoting GAYNESS. because they are so short of news. well the world cannot tell wat is moral and immoral anymore. its all a crazy world now.

    June 7, 2011 at 15:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mikel

      It sells. It doesn't matter the article – throw the word 'gay' in and it becomes more important.

      June 7, 2011 at 15:55 | Report abuse |
  39. Mikel

    It's their lifestyles that are destroying them, not those who reject their lifestyles. I am not going to feel guilty for their choices.

    June 7, 2011 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Morgan

      It's not a "lifestyle." I'm so tired of hearing this. Being a surfer dude is a "lifestyle," being a Goth chick is a "lifestyle." Being gay, straight, lesbian, etc., is not a "lifestyle." It's hardwired.

      June 7, 2011 at 16:04 | Report abuse |
    • Choice

      So how many guys did you sleep with before you made your choice?

      June 7, 2011 at 19:39 | Report abuse |
  40. gayparent

    Really? I come from a wonderful family, am college educated, have a great job, have two wonderful children in high school getting good grades (one is in National Honor Society), pay my taxes, travel .................... and so on. Pretty sure I'm not mentally disturbed.

    June 7, 2011 at 15:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Baranga the Great

    I pray that our children will look back on the prejudice against the gay/lesbian community we have today with the same disgust as we look back on the prejudice against african americans during our parents generation

    June 7, 2011 at 16:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Aristocles

    You cannot tell people to disavow their consciences and their religious beliefs just because some people might be rejected because of it. Christians generally reject satanists, witches, and polygamists. Should we accept those groups as well? Maybe we should accept the gays and not polygamists because the gays are "different" than those "other messed up people" or maybe because the gays are the minority of the moment that liberals in the media want to lift up.

    Bottom line, telling people to change their beliefs just for the benefit of a "discriminated" group is crap.

    June 7, 2011 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Judgement

      I don't hold it against that you are ignorant. I tolerate you for it.

      June 7, 2011 at 19:41 | Report abuse |
    • Aristocles

      Oh, sure. Anyone who disagrees with you is ignorant. Right. XD

      Way to go, "judgement"; call me ignorant and conveniently neglect to say why you think that.

      June 8, 2011 at 04:58 | Report abuse |
    • True Believer

      So if the bible says it's okay to have a slave, does that make it okay?

      Have you heard of the American Civil War? Society will progress with or without you.

      People deserve love and respect, but it's hard to respect anyone that hides they hateful bigotry behind religion.

      June 9, 2011 at 07:23 | Report abuse |
  43. franky

    Aslong as u hav sumone to love who cares! Just b happy with your choice.screw what other people think

    June 7, 2011 at 17:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. George Freas

    It's the gay culture, not the stigma that causes these behaviors.

    June 7, 2011 at 17:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. FairGarden

    Gays and lesbians should be thankful for having the legal protection of safety in the free nations. The s-e-x-uality must never be encouraged or made proud of but educated as sin and self-destructive behavior as it is. People need to be told facts in compassion however hard those are to swallow. Gay supporters create more problems than any other for gays.

    June 7, 2011 at 17:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sin

      Who defines sin? The bible? And you wonder why people are turning away from the ignorance of 2000 year old book. Do you wonder why the islamist are still living as a tribe like 2000 years ago.

      June 7, 2011 at 19:44 | Report abuse |
    • tom-ay

      Fact? Religion is NOT fact. Religion in NOT in the non-fiction section of the store. It is in the religion section. That book you read has been translated and reinterrpretted THOUSANDS of times. It used to say black people were inferior. It used to say divorce was a sin. It used to say s-e-x before marriage was a sin. It keeps changing so why does the buck stop here and your "facts"?

      June 8, 2011 at 17:48 | Report abuse |
  46. sharn cedar

    Always society is to blame. Welcome to CNN.

    June 7, 2011 at 18:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. clark1b

    it is not the lack of acceptance ... although having the acceptance may help ... but it is the fact that deep down inside they know full well that they are rebelling against God

    June 7, 2011 at 19:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. i guess..?

    i dont really see why everyone cares...i keep to myself why cant everyone else?? its not anyone elses business...that sall there is to it..

    June 7, 2011 at 19:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Albeebee

    For those who don't seem to understand biological causes (versus choices), right-handdedness or left-handedness can be made a choice too. Try lableing the lefties sinners. Calling them names and weilding unbelievable hardships for them, bullying them from all corners in schools and society? For God's sake how much more pain are we going to give them and their families?

    June 7, 2011 at 21:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stephen

      @Albeebee

      Actually, left-handed people were deemed evil during the Medieval Age. Sometimes I think many of us want to return to the Dark Ages.

      June 8, 2011 at 03:28 | Report abuse |
  50. TRUTH!!!

    Whats really funny is that people keep making references to the bible when we all know very well that GOD/JESUS LOVES ALL HIS CHILDREN Tall,short,fat,skinny,blue,red,ugly,pretty,stupid,smart,gay straight!

    June 7, 2011 at 23:18 | Report abuse | Reply
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