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Letter: More support for gay, lesbian teens

Blossom Ungurath, 17, of South Huntington, holds a

Blossom Ungurath, 17, of South Huntington, holds a rainbow ribbon that will be given out to students by the Gay-Straight Alliance at Walt Whitman High School for the National Coming Out Day School Awareness Campaign. (Oct. 3, 2012) Credit: Heather Walsh

The news article "Message is all-inclusive" [Oct. 11] did an admirable job covering what is happening on Long Island regarding National Coming Out Day. What the story failed to report is the fact that we need to provide a safe environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to, indeed, come out, and a safe environment in which to live.

Bullying continues in our schools and communities, and this should anger all of us. Gay and lesbian teens are two to three times more likely to commit suicide as a result of being bullied for their sexual orientation. Other youth also fall into this category simply because they are perceived as being LGBT.

While groups such as Long Island Gay And Lesbian Youth do an admirable job of supporting the LGBT community, bullying still takes place. Many of our schools do not have gay-straight alliances. Many school administrators fail to acknowledge that bullying is taking place.

All Long Islanders need to stand together to create safe communities for all of our residents.

John Dornheim, Northport

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