Daniel Radcliffe Speaks Out on Gay-Teen Suicides (VIDEO)
Daniel Radcliffe has a message for the bullied gay teens of the world: Don’t get desperate, get help.
Following a rash of suicides involving gay teens who’d been reportedly bullied by their peers, the gay-friendly Harry Potter star has broken his silence to MTV. Radcliffe revealed that he’s “heartbroken” by the deaths and urged at-risk gay teens to contact The Trevor Project, an organization that provides help for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) youths and provides a 24-hour crisis-prevention hotline.
In recent weeks, the news has been peppered with grim reports on Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who jumped to his death from a bridge after his roommate posted a video of him engaged in sexual relations with another man on the Web, as well as Seth Walsh, 13, who hung himself after reportedly enduring relentless bullying about his sexuality, among other tragic cases.
Radcliffe told MTV,
“Learning about the suicide deaths of Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh, Asher Walker, Billy Lucas and Justin Aaberg has been heartbreaking for me. These young people were bullied and tormented by people that should have been their friends. We have a responsibility to be better to each other, and accept each others’ differences regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ability, or religion and stand up for someone when they’re bullied…When a friend is feeling depressed or says they’re thinking of killing themselves, we must take it seriously and get them help…My deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of these excellent young people. And to all the young people who are being bullied right now, you are not alone. Call the Trevor Lifeline at 866 4-U-TREVOR, because there’s always someone there who will listen and who can help.”
For more of Radcliffe on the topic, watch the video below: