13-Year-Old Throws Concert to Benefit LGBT Suicide Prevention

In the San Francisco Bay Area, 13-year-old Noah Hornik is combining his love for indie music with a passion for equality.

Noah has heard many stories about teens in the Bay Area commiting suicide after facing anti-gay bullying. He also witnessed hate speech on the Internet against students his own age, as well as seeing his home state of California pass Prop. 8, which overturned same-sex marriage rights.

With so much hate around him, Noah decided to take steps to raise awareness. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, he explains, “Between the suicides, (anti-same-sex marriage) Prop. 8 and what I was seeing online, I realized we needed to take this further…These kids are my age.”

Noah is planning a benefit concert to support LGBT youth suicide prevention (see his video here). The concert is called “It Gets Indie,” and it features music from Rabbit! and the Handshakes (Noah is an indie music enthusiast — he writes the blog Indie Rock Kid and he also has a Myspace page dedicated to indie music with over 87,000 followers.)

Noah is right to be concerned with suicide among LGBT teens. As reported by The Trevor Project, LGBT youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight colleagues. More than 1/3 of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth have attempted suicide.

Although he does not identify as gay, Noah has dedicated himself to the fight for LGBT rights. He founded his middle school’s gay-straight alliance, the Rainbow Connection, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The proceeds from Noah’s concert will go to The Trevor Project and the It Gets Better Project. Both organizations support LGBT youth and advocate for safe spaces for youth to express themselves.


For those of us in the area, here is the info for the concert:

It Gets Indie: 7 p.m. April 24. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F. $25. (415) 885-0750. www.gamh.com/tickets.


Related Stories:

13-Year-Old Addresses The United Nations! (Video)

Another LGBT Suicide — Are We Doing Enough?

Survey Links Religious Condemnation to LGBT Youth Suicides


Photo courtesy of incurable_hippie via flickr

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Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago


Mark Alan Dellavecchia

FYI - Thursday, October 20, 2011 is International SPIRIT DAY - one of the minor holidays on the LGBT Calendar. It is asked that you wear a PURPLE SHIRT as a sign of LGBT support, and in memory of the LGBT Teens who have died because of their orientation.

Don Go
Don Go4 years ago

I wish I had your inspiration and fighting spirit. I'm eighteen but I haven't done anything as great as you have. Well done.

Allan Yorkowitz
.4 years ago

You are what America was founded on. Freedom to be .....

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

Powerful young man!

Lika S.
Lika S.4 years ago

Awesome, Noah! Keep up the good work.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle4 years ago

Very proud of Noah. To speak out, at his age, is a courageous act, and shows a lot of thought and care, as well as strength.

Heather Gruszczynski
Heather G.4 years ago

It's nice to hear a story of someone doing good - and such a young person!

Give Life A Hand
Rae Z.4 years ago

Way to go! We need more people like you.

wooddragon xx
wooddragon xx4 years ago

What a wise 'old' 13 year old! I hope a lot of people will learn by his example. Good Luck Noah... Peace and Blessings in all you do.