There has been a rise in suicides among children as young as 11 years-old.
11 year-old Jaheem Bermudez hung himself after much anti-gay taunting. Another 11 year-old, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself after weeks of bullying for allegedly being gay. These emotionally battered children were called "fag" and "gay" and "feminine" by their own classmates.
ABC News recently wrote a very telling article about Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover and how words and phrases like, "that's so gay" and "fag" can drive a child to suicide. I am a big advocate of erasing the word "fag" from your vocabulary and think these sad and tragic stories prove that exact point. I hope these stories resonate with you as much as they do with me.