A generation of GLBT teens is in the process of integrating the nation's middle and high schools. That's the truth of the matter..most GLBT teens in previous generations didn't come out in High School, didn't ask to bring same sex partners to proms, didn't demand equality. This generation and their parents are, and apparently they are taking it on the chin. Some are taking it so hard they are committing suicide, and you know many more must be succumbing in more moderate...but still very dangerous to their long-term mental health... ways to the depression which causes suicide.
In the 1950's-70's a generation of African American teens integrated often very hostile schools, sometimes in situations where adults were a part of the hostility, and, as far as I remember, there was no rash of suicides. Depression and long term consequences of a difficult adolescence is harder to measure, of course, and non-experts like me wouldn't know about them.
But I wonder if anybody learned anything about racial integration in teen society that could be applied to GLBT integration of teen society.
Just as a for instance, I imagine that many Black teens believed that the abuse they were taking was in the service of something important for society. Do GLBT kids feel that way? If not....perhaps besides telling them that "it gets better", perhaps we should be telling them that they are courageous, strong, and the vanguard of a better world for us all.