Sunday, February 28, 2010

Harry Potter and the Gay Deathly Hallows

     One more reason to love Harry Potter and Equus star, Daniel Radcliffe: he has joined the Trevor Project's battle to prevent the suicides of LGBTQ youth.

     Towleroad reports:
     In August, I reported that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe had made a major donation to The Trevor Project, the non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide suicide-prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. On Friday, he shot a PSA for the group which will air this spring.
     In an interview with E! Online, Radcliffe stated:
    I grew up knowing a lot of gay men, and it was never something that I even thought twice about - that some men were gay and some weren't. And then I went to school and [for] the first time, I came across homophobia. I had never encountered it before. It shocked me...Now I am in the very fortunate position where I can actually help or do something about it...I think it's important for somebody from a big, commercial movie series like Harry Potter, and particularly because I am not gay or bisexual or transgendered.
     The fact that I am straight makes not a difference, but it shows that straight people are incredibly interested and care a lot about this as well.  
     Thank you, Daniel, for being a role model for homo and hetero alike.  Your on-screen mentor, the very gay Dumbledore would be very proud. 

     The Trevor Helpline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer

Gay Mormon Suicide Memorial

     Mercury News reports:
    Ten years ago, Henry Stuart Matis walked up to the steps of a Mormon church in Los Altos with a note reading "Do not resuscitate" pinned to his shirt, and shot himself.
    He was a 32-year-old gay man and devoted member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and after a lifetime spent struggling to reconcile the two, explained in a suicide note that "for the first time in over 20 years, I am free from my pains.

    "As I believed that I was a Christian, I believed that I could never be gay," he wrote. "Perhaps my death ... might become the catalyst for much good ... Your actions might help to save many young people's lives."

    Early Thursday morning — the 10th anniversary of Matis' death — a group of local Mormons and others held a memorial vigil for Matis in Los Altos.

    Starting at Cuesta Park with songs and brief speeches, about 20 people then walked up Grant Road, carrying roses and candles. They ended up on the sidewalk in front of the LDS stake center on Grant Road in Los Altos, where they set up a small memorial display with an image of Matis' tombstone and stories about his and other gay Mormons who have committed suicide.According to a statement on its Web site, the Mormon church believes that acting on "same-gender attraction" is a sin and gay church members must remain celibate.

    George Cole, a San Francisco resident who is gay and serves on the executive committee of Affirmation, a support and advocacy group for gay and lesbian current and former Mormons, said he didn't know Matis personally but has "lost too many very good friends to suicide.
    "I know what it is like to seriously consider taking your life," he said. Cole said he left the Mormon church in 2002.  "I chose happiness and fulfillment at the cost of not having the church in my own life."
     So did I, Cole.  So did I.

     If you or anyone you know is considering suicide call 1-800-SUICIDE or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). 

     For LGBT children and teens, contact the Trevor Project at  1-866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).  

     If someone you know is going to commit suicide right now, call 911.