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Gay Houston teen attacked

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Nov 30, 2009

Rev. Phil Schulman is minister of Northwest Community Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston.

Last week, we heard news that a teen from Langham Creek High School was allegedly chased down by other teens, beaten with a pipe and told, “You are going to quit being gay.” The boy says that he had been tipped off that the attack was going to happen, and that he approached the Vice Principal and the bus driver seeking protection. Parents are questioning the level of safety being provided to their teens. Rumors and accusations of previous conflict and offensive behavior began to emerge. Was it a hate crime? We know this–the assault was tragic, and is part of a larger pattern of violence against gay people. Incidents of violence assault the safety and security of all teens, especially any may be perceived as gay.

Rev. Schuman (on right) attends an early morning vigil to support LGBT teens at risk of violence in Houston.

Rev. Schuman (on right) attends an early morning vigil to support LGBT teens at risk of violence in Houston.


Unitarian Universalist congregations hold a covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Many of us have been working to see that the same basic civil rights become guaranteed to everyone. I have contacted the mother of the boy who was beaten and offered the support of our congregation. I am grateful to any who have offered their support to this grieving family. I see this support as living out the injunction to love your neighbor as yourself.

More community members rally in support of the Houston LGBT community

More community members rally in support of the Houston LGBT community

On Sunday, November 29, at 6:30 pm, Northwest Community Unitarian Universalist Church will have a short religious service, a prayer and peace vigil. Afterwards there will be a teen and an adult dialog for peace, healing and safety. This will be a public event where we will pray for the will to create safe community for all our teens.

One Response to “Gay Houston teen attacked”

  1. To our delight the attacked teen and his mother plus other Houston area UU’s show up for Service and the Dialog Groups that followed.
    After hearing from some of our teens about what it’s like in school, it was very moving to be part of the vigil pictured above. That banner caught the eye of every car that pulled into school Monday morning, and most of the ones driving by too. It was one of many times that I have been proud to be UU!

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