Gary Howell | Chicago Reader

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Re: “The Rock and the Ripe

Zac completely missed the point of this play and opportunity to create healthy dialogue about an issue still plaguing our gay youth! I think this play really forces us to look at the pain gay youth face on a daily basis. The rejection, invalidation and hatred from family and bullies is something we CANNOT brush under the rug any longer. Turning a blind eye to this is nothing short of inhumane! The truth of these losses does come forth in each of the characters - beautifully acted as well. Is it a lot to absorb? HELL yes, but everyone should take a moment and reflect on the reality so many choose to ignore - especially educators. It is unfortunate so many people would rather forget about or deny these kids took their lives - it's not about glorifying suicide - it's about putting a story to the pain and suffering that leads kids to the brink where living is no longer an option.

As a psychologist, I frequently discuss suicidal ideation with clients. It is my duty to protect, and one way is to talk about it. The common misconception is when we talk about suicide it puts ideas into the person's head - actually the opposite. When we encourage people to talk about these thoughts, it minimizes the likelihood one would go through with ending their lives. If we talk with our kids about how being gay is not wrong, evil or otherwise, then we minimize the chance they will see death as the only way out - instead, they may come to us and share their painful experiences.

Dr. Gary

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Posted by Gary Howell on 06/15/2012 at 12:32 AM

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