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Randy Slovacek

Views & Voices

‘Glee’ episode movingly highlights LGBT youth bullying and suicide

Monday, March 5, 2012

For those who missed it, last week’s controversial mid-season finale episode of “Glee” may have shocked fans, but one LGBT youth advocacy group has seen a number of benefits as a result.

As Entertainment Weekly is reporting, The Trevor Project saw their web traffic spike and their phone calls triple after the episode, which depicted former bully Dave Karofsky (beautifully played by Max Adler) attempting suicide — to the tune of Young the Giant’s “Cough Syrup” — after being outed as gay to his classmates.

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“What was great about the show is that they worked in conjunction with us so we knew in advance that there was going to in all likelihood be an increase in volume,” Trevor Project co-founder Peggy Rajski tells EW. “What happened was the volume went up about 300 percent, but we were ready.”

The Trevor Project is ready to help LGBTQ youth who feel they may be in crisis. If you feel you need help, please reach out 1-866-488-7386.

In high school, I weighed a lot of what raced through Dave Karofsky’s mind in this episode. All those moments compacted in the quick video above that led to his suicide attempt happened to me at some point. But lucky for me, I kept moving forward.

The phrase “it gets better” has, thankfully, entered our daily lexicon. But it’s not a cliche, it’s the truth. I want to encourage everyone to think about the power of our words, because you never know when you may be teasing the next Dave Karofsky.

Forward.

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25 more reader comments:

  1. I loved loved loved that episode it should be a must watch for every teenager!

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:03pm
  2. It was the SADDEST episode I’ve ever seen. I cried so hard. GLASS CASE OF EMOTION.

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:04pm
  3. I will only watch this show again IF: sue sylvestry kill the gay kid bu bullying and then she goes to jail and is euthanized.

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:05pm
  4. What the frick D:

    Sue Sylvester wouldn’t kill anyone…nor do they euthanize people in jail.

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:09pm
  5. i cried beards…

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:09pm
  6. Forever a Glee fan! That episode touched so many people, it’s unbelievable.

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:10pm
  7. I cried my heart out. I love how Glee depicts situations no parent or teacher or politician want to talk about. Super powerful

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:10pm
  8. Love GLEE

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:12pm
  9. Easily one of the best episodes they created

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:14pm
  10. Two SERIOUS issues that need to be openly and lovingly discussed with children in grammar school through high scool. It wouldn’t hurt to educate adults as well to help them help others.

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:21pm
  11. I love how they portray the God squad – living by example, welcoming and non-judgemental when approached by those with beliefs different from their own. The “Christian” Right could take a few lessons from the God Squad!

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:28pm
  12. <3 gLee!

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:45pm
  13. I cried so hard these last few episodes and I’m not afraid to admit it. So many youth today are facing the same hardships and take their own lives. Lives that should not be lost. I just can’t see why people spread fear, ignorance and hate so fast. If it was you or someone you loved, then how would you feel? Life is hard enough without people who are supposed to be there for you to support you, beat you down and belittle you until you believe their lies. I will never do that to my daugthers. They will know the true meaning of acceptance, love and tolerance. You know why? Because I have the BALLS and BRAINS to educate them. Education is the key to a equal future for our children.

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:53pm
  14. This episode made me cry!

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 8:00pm
  15. Everytime I see this I cry and my heart goes out to any 1 suffering , rememeber be strong and that you are not ALONE

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 8:02pm
  16. Very touching indeed,I didn’t watch the episode but know all to well what it is like to be an outsider and to be bullyed!

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 8:09pm
  17. Finally

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 8:16pm
  18. It was a great episode…needed to be seen by ALL

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 8:41pm
  19. I thought from the week before he would try and kill himself, But I am so thankful that it was a failed attempt.. We need to show to work things out, so happy.. but omg, the wreck..

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 9:05pm
  20. There are no need for bullies! Happiness and helping is better!

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 9:08pm
  21. I so identified with this episode and Im so thankful someone is finally being open with it and talking about it in an honest way

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 9:55pm
  22. absolutely the most moving episode ever!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 10:10pm
  23. I hate Glee.

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 11:26pm
  24. HATE EQUALS FEAR!!! learn to love<3<3<3!!!

    Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 11:51pm
  25. The beauty of it being a tv show is YOU DON’T HAVE TO WATCH. The point is that they made a very true and real problem come out in the forefront of peoples minds.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:38am