In the Life "The Right to Live" on WXXI-TV

In the Life "The Right to Live" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 04/18/2010 - 11:30pm

Credit: Mikael Damkier

A look at Bullycides, a term recently coined to address the national health crisis of young people taking their own lives as the result of bullying.

Studies show that youth who are bullied are five times more likely to be depressed and to report suicidal thoughts. LGBT children and those who are perceived to be gay, lesbian or challenge traditional gender roles are among those most likely to be targeted by bullies. In this look at the most tragic outcome for kids tormented by kids, we meet heartbroken families fighting for federal legislation to protect their children.

Our first installment of this series takes us to Ohio, a state ranked among the worst for LGBT rights. Ohio legislators not only banned same sex marriages but barred unmarried state employees from receiving benefits for domestic partners; transgender Ohioans lack basic civil rights including the right to correct their birth certificates and LGBT people can be legally fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. In this look at the gay experience in the heartland, we meet locals with deep ties to their community organizing for equal rights.

In the Life "The Right to Live" airs Sunday, April 18 at 11:30 p.m. on (DT21.1/cable1011 and 11).