Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It Gets Better

There is no truth greater than the truth that Life Gets Better.

Gay high school students are more likely than any other demographic to attempt, and succeed at, committing suicide. I tried, and I failed. And my life is infinitely better for it.


  1. Wow, Neal, that's all I have to say. I had no idea you attempted suicide because you were harassed for being gay.
    Thankfully, I never did. Perhaps I never considered suicide as an option because I was raised Catholic, and Catholics, for all the shortcomings of their religion, especially against people who are gay, believe committing suicide is a sin. But I was as miserable as you can imagine one to be because of the continuous bullying I took from elementary through high school. I would never want to go through that again.
    I'm so grateful that you didn't succeed in your attempt, as I'm sure everyone who holds you most dear is, too.
    It really does get better, doesn't it? An important message to get out there for all people, young and old, who are gay and alone and feel there's no reason to go on living.
    Thanks so much for this post and for your honesty. I'm glad you're still with us.

  2. While we're at it, you should see this:

    And yes, I tried too. Twice. Failed both the times. Felt like a loser for failing. Ironically enough (or maybe not?) what felt like a miserable failure at the time feels like quite a blessing now.