Standing up against anti-gay bullying: stories in Italy and Indiana

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Today we recover the story of anti-gay bullying happenings, more specifically in Italy between the years of 2012 and 2013, who culminated in the tragic suicide of a 14-year-old boy in Rome on August of 2013, and more recently of an Indiana kid, who stood up against his bully in a viral video across twitter and other platforms on 2019.
Before heading up with these stories, let’s face it: gays should be free for example to decide whether they announce publicly that they are gay or not. Even if you saw of someone in a viral video porno, it doesn’t mean that you have the right to publicly bully or start with hate criminal activities against him.

The tragic death of a 14-year-old child in Rome (August 2013)

Politicians and gay legal rights teams required tougher punishments for those involved in hate criminal activities against homosexuals after a 14-year-old child in Rome committed suicided after being harassed for being gay, in August 2013. The suicide came a couple of weeks after Italy’s Parliament began discussing a law that would make homophobia a criminal offence. The kid wrote a letter saying:

“I’m homosexual, nobody understands my drama and I do not know how to make my family accept it”, before throwing himself from a porch in Rome’s San Basilio area, La Repubblica reported.

In the letter, he said he decided to take his very own life after being harassed and teased by his peers, along with excluded by a group of good friends. A variety of young Italians have actually committed suicide in the years before after fighting with their sexuality. A 15-year-old kid hung himself in the washroom of his grandparents’ home in Rome (November 2012), while a 16-year-old attempted suicide by leaping out of the home window of his school during break-time.

Laura Boldrini, Italy’s speaker of the residence of parliament, asked for politicians to choose a regulation that is aligned with the majority of other EU countries. An examination, led by Prosecutor Pierfilippo Laviani, focused on whether anybody knew the young boy’s troubles and if he had actually been a victim of cyberbullying.

Flavio Romani, president of Arcigay, an LGBT rights group stated, called on political leaders to “take duty”. “The information of the 14-year-old that took his very own life since he could not stand to be mocked and also marginalized for his homosexuality engages us in a horrible pain,” he informed La Repubblica. Romani additionally indicated the murder of Andrea, a 28-year-old transsexual, whose body was found at Rome’s Termini train terminal, also in 2013.

Franco Grillini, president of Gaynet Italy, an on the internet LGBT group, stated the most up to date suicide reflects the seriousness to place a law in place that would stipulate harder sentences for those involved in hate criminal offenses versus homosexuals as well as transexuals.

Recent viral video of a gay teen in Indiana standing-up against his bully

A gay Indiana teenager has Twitter in an uproar over a viral video he uploaded which reveals him taking on a homophobic bully while teachers and fellow trainees stand by as well as not do anything. Jordan Steffy, who is a junior at Indiana’s LaPorte High School, said in an interview with Instinct publication that he’s had to endure homophobic bullying considering that coming out in the 7th grade.

The videotaped incident was set off when, Steffy says, a schoolmate published a homophobic message on Snapchat utilizing an image of him.

” He made an anti-gay message with a picture of me on it claiming exactly how he despised gays and a bunch of throwing up emojis around it … I approached him and also stated ‘Why did you publish this?’ He claimed ‘It was simply a post.’ And I claimed ‘Well, it’s not just a post. It’s a message regarding me, claiming how you dislike who I am, and I do not appreciate that.’ He took place to state ‘Okay, yet what are you mosting likely to do regarding it?’ I claimed ‘I’m not mosting likely to take care of this, this is the last time I’m called anything.’ And then he stated ‘What are you mosting likely to do regarding it, faggot?’ Which’s when I was like ‘No, I’m refraining from doing this.'”.

In the video Steffy uploaded, both trainees can be seen chewing out each other before Steffy pushes as well as strikes the young boy he claims produced the anti-gay article. It has numerous thousands of likes as well as retweets up until now, with countless remarks in the reply string. The high schooler says that the battle caused a journey to the principal’s workplace for him, followed by a week-long suspension. He likewise declares he has actually reported previous incidents of homophobic bullying to the school and ended up being the one who is penalized the most badly.

As for Steffy, he states,” If I could take it back, directly, I would certainly. Yet I’m thankful I defended myself. If you remained in my footwear, you ‘d possibly get ill of it and you would certainly want to stand up for on your own.”.