pledgenow

Get informed and get involved. Register to join the campaign and let us know you give a damn about equality.

So we can personalize the site for you! So we can let you know about things going on in your area! So we can keep you informed and you can stay involved! Sign Up for Newsletter

© GIVE A DAMN CAMPAIGN 2010. All Rights Reserved.
Site developed by Purple Crayons

Damn videos

Suicide: Give a

play

PSA # 2 -Short

play

Suicide: Give a

play

Suicide: Give a

play

Nate Berkus

play

Chely Wright

play

Don’t Our Kids Deserve to Grow Up?

Something is wrong.

Something has to be wrong, when 1 in 7 people who dies by suicide is a child. And when suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 10 to 24.

And something has to be terribly wrong when, even compared to these statistics, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth are still nearly 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.

Greater risk

It’s shocking, but true: Gay and transgender youth are at a much greater risk for suicide than the average adolescent. More than 2 out of 5 think about suicide often, and 1 in 3 have attempted it.

It’s not because of who they are. It’s because adolescence is stressful, and facing adolescence as a gay or transgender teenager is even more stressful still.

Because imagine how you would feel if you were regularly harassed and assaulted for being “different”—not just by your peers, but even by your parents.

Imagine finally being brave enough to completely open up to your loved ones about yourself—and being rejected, or even thrown out of the house.

Imagine feeling like you have nowhere to turn for help or support. Imagine feeling so isolated, unloved and alone that you start to wonder if anyone gives a damn whether you’re alive—or dead.

Giving a damn matters

It’s time to give a damn about the suicide risk of our gay and transgender youth. Not just because all kids deserve to know that someone cares about them, but also because research has shown that giving a damn actually makes a huge difference in the lives of gay and transgender teens. Peer support groups, teacher training, a caring adult — all help lower the suicide risk among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

It’s time to give a damn, because growing up should be about making friends, discovering the world and discovering yourself—not about finding a way to end your pain and end your life.

getinvolved

JOIN GIVE A DAMN!

  • Join the Campaign if you haven’t already
  • Learn about the Campaign

GET INFORMED

Knowledge is power. We all need to stay informed.

GET INVOLVED

Spread the word. Encourage the people in your life to get involved—especially if they’re straight and have never given this issue a lot of thought. Simply:

GET MORE INFORMED AND INVOLVED

Visit our nonprofit partner’s website; they’re experts on youth | suicide. They can provide you a ton of additional resources and ways to get involved:

Information on this page was provided by:

pledgenow

Get informed and get involved. Register to join the campaign and let us know you give a damn about equality.

So we can personalize the site for you! So we can let you know about things going on in your area! So we can keep you informed and you can stay involved!

Spread the word about equality. Watch our damn videos and share them with the people in your life!

play

Share your story with us and the people in your life. Tell us why you give a damn about equality!

play

damn partners

your stories

Close

Sign In

Forgot Password? Retreive it

Enter Your Email Address. Enter Your Password.
Close

Pledge now

Get informed. Get involved. In order to Tell-A-Friend you need to be a member of the site. That's why we've created this EXPRESS register. once you fill this out, you can send anyone anything anytime! Already a member? Sign In

So we can personalize the site for you! So we can let you know about things going on in your area! So we can keep you informed and you can stay involved! Enter Your Password. Retype Your Password. Sign Up for Newsletter
Close

Pledge now

Get informed and get involved. Register to join the campaign and let us know you give a damn about equality. Already a member? Sign In

So we can personalize the site for you! So we can let you know about things going on in your area! So we can keep you informed and you can stay involved! Sign Up for Newsletter
Close tell another friend

Sign In

Spread the message of equality to the straight people in your life, especially family and friends. You can send this to as many people as you like; just click on "Tell another friend" to add more names!

also telling:

Tell Friend

Close

SHARE VIA EMAIL

Share this important message and email this video.

Close