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Gay Fort Worth Council Member Breaks Down Over Bullying

Gay Fort Worth Council Member Breaks Down Over Bullying


A gay Fort Worth, Texas, city council member was brought to tears at a council meeting Tuesday night while discussing the bullying of gay teens.

Gay Politics posted a videoof council member Joel Burns's speech, in which he started by showing pictures of three teenage boys who committed suicide after being bullied about their perceived homosexuality.

Burns also shared something that happened to him when he was 13.

"I was cornered after school by some older kids who roughed me up," Burns said. "They said I was a fag, and that I should die and go to hell where I belonged."

Burns decided not to offer the full details of what happened to him that day, but he did share this message: "Life got so much better for me. ... Give yourself a chance to see how much better life will get. And it will get better."

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