Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns stood up to bullies and homophobes everywhere last night during a public meeting in his hometown. Sharing, for the first time ever, the story of severe taunting and abuse he endured as a homosexual youth, Burns shed light on the spate of recent gay teen suicides around the country, a problem he called an "epidemic." His speech was warm, composed, and tempered, and, in an age of shocking and continuous ignorance, hate, fear, and discrimination toward the gay community, his bravery and eloquence are sort of beyond words. Joel Burns is currently my hero.
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