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Gay teen attempts suicide after hearing boyfriend’s parents beat him up

Gay teen attempts suicide after hearing boyfriend’s parents beat him up

A bridge in Puebla, where a young gay man considered suicide | Photo: Twitter

A young gay man tried to attempt suicide after learning his boyfriend’s parents beat him up for coming out.

The unnamed man, believed to be around 19 years old, was found at the top of a bridge in Puebla, Mexico.

A passer-by called the emergency number at 5.46pm on 23 March.

They saw a young man, on the ledge, about to throw himself off into incoming traffic.

Emergency services raced to the bridge located between 14 Avenue South and Periférico Ecológico.

A spokesperson said: ‘After a few minutes of dialogue, officers convinced the young man to cease his efforts.

‘Once he was safe, he was removed from the site.’

Local press has claimed the young man suffered from a ‘nervous breakdown’.

‘The youth explained he made the decision to take his own life after his partner sent him a message,’ one paper said.

‘When talking with his parents about his sexual identity, they beat him. This news sparked a nervous breakdown.’

It Gets Better Mexico urged people to seek out help.

‘If you or someone LGBTIQ you know is going through difficult times, remember that you are not alone,’ they said.

‘Out there, inside and outside the internet, we exist.

‘There are also many people like you, and they can help.’

One in four gay, lesbian and bi people and 41% of trans people in Mexico consider suicide, according to Animal Político.

Homophobia in Puebla, Mexico

In February this year, a gay primary school teacher was found stabbed to death in Puebla.

Hugo Méndez, a teacher who worked in the city, was found murdered in his home.

Neighbors called the authorities after they heard a struggle.

When paramedics arrived to help him, he was already dead.

Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

If you are in crisis, feeling suicidal or in need of a safe place to talk, call the 24/7 TrevorLifeline on 1-866-488-7386.

Need support? LGBTI helplines for those in crisis or seeking advice

See also

Nearly half of all bisexual youth in the US have seriously considered suicide

Study highlights the vast differences between gay and straight suicides

1 in 4 preteen suicides are made up of LGBTI youth