Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford called for action on gay teen suicides in an interview with information website About.com this month. Citing a string of highly publicised suicides and anti-gay attacks over the last two months in the US, interviewer Chad Bower asked Halford (who is openly gay) to comment. He said: “I think more than anything, it’s a picture of the way life is. You have all this sexting going on, and cyber bullying going on. It’s absolutely heartbreaking when people are driven to the point where they are taking their own lives. I’m pleased that talented people like Ellen Degeneres and Neil Patrick Harris are speaking out. They are far more articulate than I am. The most imporant thing is to show the love and support that is out there for everybody, whether you’re being bullied or not. It’s important to look after each other and to nurture each other, especially in your school years. I saw bullying when I was a kid growing up in school. It has always been there. It’s a very peculiar thing. It’s a shame that it takes horrible tragedies like this to bring the spotlight back on. It has to stay there now. It can’t just fizzle out in a couple weeks, like things tend to do in the media. Programs need to be installed in schools, or reinforced. Parents need to keep an eye on their kids a little bit more. The social interaction that’s available 24 hours a day has to be utilized in a strong, educating, promotional way to let people who are going through those periods of their lives know that there’s always somebody you can talk to. Don’t feel alone. There’s a way we can help each other get through these types of difficulties.” Read the full interview here.
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