WBEZ | Maine South High School http://www.wbez.org/tags/maine-south-high-school Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Understanding what gay students face on and off school grounds http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/understanding-what-gay-students-face-and-school-grounds <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2010-October/2010-10-28/gay pride_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people.</p><p>The day to day trials of adolescence prove too much for some. For those feeling marginalized or even targeted because of their sexual identity, the pressure can be even greater.</p><p>Over the past few months there have been a number of cases where young students &ndash; either gay or thought to be gay - killed themselves, reportedly after being bullied by their peers.</p><p>So, what should we be doing to help? And what is life like for gay teens locally?</p><p>Now to find out what resources are available, we spoke with a few people who work directly to combat harassment of gay youth.&nbsp; Shannon Sullivan is executive director of the <a href="http://www.illinoissafeschools.org/">Illinois Safe Schools Alliance</a>. The group works with schools across the state to provide a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trangender and questioning youth.</p><p>We also talked with two students involved in their schools&rsquo; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gsanetwork.org/">gay straight alliances</a>: Anna Rangos is a senior at <a href="http://www.south.maine207.org/">Maine South High School</a> and Britney Fryer is a senior at <a href="http://www.wpcp.org/dnn/">Walter Peyton College Prep</a>.</p></p> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/understanding-what-gay-students-face-and-school-grounds