The mother of Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover speaks out against homophobia and the months of anti-gay insults that drove her 11-year-old son, who did not identify as gay, to take his own life. The Advocate reports:
"Sirdeaner L. Walker said her son played football, baseball, and was a Boy Scout, but a group of classmates called him gay and teased him about the way he dressed. They ridiculed him for going to church with his mother and for volunteering locally.
"It's not just a gay issue," Walker said. "It’s bigger. He was 11 years old, and he wasn't aware of his sexuality. These homophobic people attach derogatory terms to a child who’s 11 years old, who goes to church, school, and the library, and he becomes confused. He thinks, Maybe I'm like this. Maybe I'm not. What do I do?"
Mrs. Walker is correct and it's a much larger issue than homophobia. That's because unfortunately it's all-too-common in the black community to taunt and harass young boys who do not act like thugs.
Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover was laid to rest yesterday. He would turn 12-years-old on Friday, April 17. Ironically, that will be the 13th National Day of Silence, where individuals observe vows of silence for LGBT students bullied at school. Read Carl’s obituary here.
Schoolyard Bully [The Advocate]