Lifesaver (A Mormon Teen Speaks Out for Others, Part 2 of 2)

By Susannah Montgomery

Hi! Its Susannah Montgomery again! Just a quick recap, I have a gay brother named Jordan and he is my best friend. I’m fourteen and Jordan is a year older than me. Last year Jordan was in high school and I was stuck in junior high.

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Every day I wore my rainbow ring that looked like the lifesaver candy to school to support my brother. We had about one quarter left in the school year when a girl in my PE class came up to me and asked why I wore the ring every day. I told her that I wore it to support my gay brother. We started to hang out more and about a week later she told me that she was bisexual. She also told me that her mom doesn’t accept her for being bisexual and she used to cut herself. She said that she has had many thoughts of suicide and that if she didn’t meet a friend who accepted her for being bisexual she would have tried. She says that my ring is truly a lifesaver. We are like best friends now and we go to PFLAG together.
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I have an important question for you. Are you willing to stand by and watch as gay people start believing that their lives are worthless and have thoughts of suicide and some even commit suicide? We cannot afford to lose precious lives because people have bullied them and made them fell worthless. I encourage you to be the one to sit with the person alone in the corner or stand up for the person being bullied. You may make a new friend, or even be a lifesaver.
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Susannah is 14 year old Mormon teen living with her parents, her 2 brothers and her 2 sisters. Susannah’s hobbies are playing harp and crocheting. She loves playing with her 2 dogs, and she plays an awesome game of basketball. (Her family is featured in the Family Acceptance Project Video ‘Family’s are Forever‘.)

Part 1 here

 

7 comments for “Lifesaver (A Mormon Teen Speaks Out for Others, Part 2 of 2)

  1. andrew h
    August 17, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Susannah, you are an amazing young woman. You may well be one of the bravest and most articulate young people in the Church.

  2. Neva
    August 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    You go girl! Everyone needs a sister like you.

  3. Yvette Zobell
    August 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Susannah….so proud of you. What a wonderful sister and friend you are! You are making the world a better place one small act at a time! Jordan is blessed to have you and you are blessed to have Jordan!

  4. Gina
    August 18, 2013 at 6:11 am

    My daughter (12) wants a “lifesaver” ring now! Thank you!

  5. Phil
    August 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Susannah, I echo the above comments. You are amazing. Our family loves rainbows too. Just today our little 2 year old boy caught a glimpse of a rainbow on a wall in our kitchen that was being projected from some crystal we have near a window. My heart skipped a beat to see how excited he was to have a rainbow in his own kitchen. I am sure that people are so happy to have you as a friend and are just as excited to see you in their own life – it is wonderful to have a ray of light as a friend such as yourself.

  6. Chuck Rasmussen
    March 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You rock!

  7. Eddie
    March 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Ms. Montgomery, you are an amazing individual. It takes a lot of courage for some people to stand up for what they believe is right and true, especially when they face an onslaught of negativity and discrimination for doing so.

    My husband and I have been “married in our hearts” for almost 18 years and married legally for 6 years.

    These years have been the happiest of my life and I cannot imagine living a lie by being forced to marry a woman just because of somebody else’s beliefs and having no physical attraction to my mate would lead to a life of misery.

    Thank you for taking a stand and keep doing what you are doing!

    Eddie

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