Following the suicides of five young gay men this week, celebrities are speaking out. Ellen Degenerous did a segment on her show and Wanda Sykes, Kathy Griffin, Lance Bass, and Tim Gunn appeared on Larry King last night to join the fight against bullying.
Wanda and Kathy believe that bullying stems from homophobia in society and in the home. Tim Gunn, who attempted suicide as a youth, feels that it is based in fear.
Lance Bass, who is openly out, admits the he bullied gay students growing up Southern Baptist in the Bible Belt. “When you’re 13, 14, you just go along with what the other people are doing. You just want to fit in. You want to make sure that your friends like you. So yeah, you’re going to crack jokes, you’re going to laugh along with it. And when you’re a teenager, you’re not really thinking, ‘Oh, I’m being a bully by laughing along with it.’”
Everyone on the panel backs the Trevor project, a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.