A city councilman in Fort Worth, Texas, has rocketed into cyberspace prominence in a video pleading with gay teens not to commit suicide and tearfully recounting his own ordeals as a bullied schoolboy.
Councilman Joel Burns made the appeal during a 12-minute speech
to the council on Tuesday. In the speech, which was videotaped and
put on YouTube, he says gay teens should give themselves a "chance
to see how much life will get better."
By Friday afternoon, the video had received more than 500,000 hits on YouTube, and Burns was being lauded on social networking sites.
Burns is openly gay. He prefaced his appeal by recounting several of the recent cases in which teens across the U.S. had killed themselves after being targeted by anti-gay bullying.
Online: Burns' video on YouTube: http://bit.ly/bRTyvH
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