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A tragic circumstance of a boy being bullied because he came out as gay ended with that boy taking his own life. 9-year-old Jamel Myles' mother said he was severely bullied after coming out as gay and is calling for an end to the type of torment her son faced. "Those bullies are the reason my son's not with me," his mother said. Leia Pierce continued, "My daughter told me, he came home and told her, kids at school were telling him to kill himself."
Pierce went on to describe her son Jamel Myles was "the kindest, most gentlest soul I've ever met." She said even when her son revealed he was gay to her she still told him she loved him. "We have to stop bullying and teach people it's OK to love each other," she said. "…We have to stop hating each other for differences, differences that make us equal and unique."
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Pierce found Jamel's body at the Joe Shoemaker Elementary School in Denver on Thursday and was unable to revive him. A report from the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner said the Swedish Medical Center pronounced him dead and concluded the manner of death was suicide but did not involve a firearm. A day after Jamel's death, the school's principal sent a letter to parents that expressed "extreme sadness" over the "unexpected loss for our school community."
A follow-up statement released Monday said the district is "deeply committed to ensuring that all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or transgender status." Pierce added, "My kids are just in the back seat playing around, and all of a sudden my son goes, 'I'm gay.' Everyone went quiet, you know, they thought he was playing. I looked back at him, and I was like, 'What?' And he goes, ‘I'm gay,' and I was like, 'I still love you.' And he smiled, and he said he loved me too, and we just kept going."
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I want to point out an observation, but first I want to be clear that I don't want to criticize the boy's family or put any blame for his death on them. That being said, there is a push in the mainstream culture and media to normalize homosexuality and being transgender. I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with being gay or transitioning at all. But there is certainly a push to normalize it in everything from family-oriented television shows, movies, cartoons, books, comics, video games, and nearly all other aspects of popular culture is pushing an agenda that is having an influence on young children.
<a href="https://news.gallup.com/poll/183383/americans-greatly-overestimate-percent-gay-lesbian.aspx">A Gallup Daily tracking poll</a> found that 3.8% of the adult population identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, so why is there such a massive over-representation of LGBTQ in popular culture?
Whether it is parents suing to be allowed to give their 3-year-old hormones to help their toddler transition to the opposite sex, or Australia looking to pass new legislation that would remove the requirement to put a gender on a child's birth certificate, there is certainly an impact happening to children. When those involved in social justice constantly praise and idolize people who transition or come out of the closet, it presents an incentive for children to want to be more like what they are being told is heroic. If you or someone you care about is suffering from suicidal thoughts there is a 24/7 help line at 1-866-488-7386.
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