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One Rapper Reminds Us That Some Teens Make A Life-Threatening Choice Instead Of Coming To Terms With Their Sexuality

There are many other options.

Trigger warning: This post discusses suicide.

Rapper Logic explores a story in the video for his new song "1-800-273-8255" that's all too real for many gay teens struggling with their identity and coming out to their families.

The challenge of this monumental moment in a young person's life can often times be so stressful it can lead to thoughts of self-harm, with LGB youth attempting suicide at four times the rate of their heterosexual peers, according to The Trevor Project.

That's the case with the young Black boy the new video centers around, which also touches on issues explored in the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight.

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With a star-studded cast, including Don Cheadle, Luis Guzman, and Matthew Modine, the song — which features sung vocals by Alessia Cara and Khalid — includes compelling lyrics, such as "I've been on the low / I been taking my time / I feel like I'm out of my mind / It feels like my life ain't mine."

As the boy finds an attraction to another, he's also facing the reality of telling his father he's gay. It becomes too much and suddenly suicide seems like an option.

If you're wondering about the significance of the number as a song title, it's the phone number to the Suicide Prevention Hotline. If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can reach out to speak with a trained counselor.

Check out the emotional video below:

(H/T: Variety)

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