Documentary Highlights Unique Challenges Of Anti-LGBT Bullying | The documentary Bully is opening up new conversations about bullying across the country, but a new film called Teach Your Children Well looks at the unique experience of the victims of anti-gay bullying. At a screening yesterday, the film’s director, Gary Takesian, pointed out that many gay kids do not have the support of their families, which can compound the feelings of isolation, helplessness, and hopelessness they experience when targets for bullying. The Family Acceptance Project has found that family rejection itself has many negative consequences even in the absence of bullying. Check out a trailer for the film:
Note: This film uses the term “bullycide,” which many experts worry can elevate suicide contagion risk by implying that suicide is a natural response to bullying. Bullying can be a contributing factor to symptoms of depression, but does not inevitably lead to suicide.