I’m so sad. A young high-school freshman has taken his own life. Within hours his obituary was online for all to see…and he was decribed as a “young gay man” who “looked forward to the day when there would be equality for all”.
He was only 15!!! Surely not old enough to have fully formed his outlook on things, and surely not old enough to be identified as a “young gay man”. He was a young teenager!
The obituary decribed how he was supported in this at his church, his youth group, his school, how everyone loved him, how brilliant he was ( it listed just about every award and recognition he had ever received…lots of them).
It really made me so sad…it seemed that he had been exploited. He was portrayed in comments as being very kind, vibrant, brilliant, etc. by teachers and friends.
So here’s what I’m pondering: the fact that he was so supported in this lifestyle by family, friends, teachers, and the changing laws of our country, did not prevent him from taking his own life. Could it be, that deep down, he knew this was against God’s law, and that he had been “pegged” or labeled at a very young age? Perhaps he felt trapped.
Why on earth would the obituary describe him as a “young gay man”? Of what significance is that? Should the sexual preferences of individuals be matter for obituaries? Are we reduced to our type of sexual attraction? Is it possible that the parents are deflecting their own responsibility by making these comments in the obituary, making him out to be some kind of heroe for the cause?