LGBTQ Nation reported yesterday on the case of 14 year old Giovanni Melton, who was shot and killed on Thursday.
By his father.
Because he was gay.
Let that sink in a minute.
Lots more going on there, of course. Abandoned by their mother, with a very-absentee abusive father with a lot of issues. But that’s unfortunately common in America today. Killing someone because they are LGBT is more common than it should be. But a teenager, killed by a parent…picture me shaking my head.
The father has, of course, been arrested on multiple charges, and Giovanni’s younger brother taken into state care while things get sorted.
It reminds me a little of the case of 16 month old Roy Antonio Jones III, beaten to death in 2010 by his mother’s live-in boyfriend by being struck because he was acting “like a little girl.” A child that young doesn’t have much of a gender identity yet, I don’t think–but even if they do, if it’s the wrong one, that’s a reason for violence? (Aside: Roy’s killer, Pedro Jones, got 16-to-life for the murder.)
I just do not understand that kind of attitude; I just don’t.
I can’t say it enough: accept your LGBT kids, folks. It’s just that simple. It can make the difference between life and death for them. As much as 40% of all homeless persons under the age of 18 in the US are LGBT, and homeless because they are LGBT. It doesn’t have to be this way, if families just learned to love their kids, just as they are.