One of the biggest stories in the news at the moment is a local one - concerning a Rutgers University student who committed suicide after being inadvertently 'outed' by his college roommate and having his intimate encounter with another man 'live broadcast' over the Internet.
It's a horrible story - and the outraged LGBT community has been quick to point out that it brings the total of gay or lesbian kids 'bullied' into killing themselves recently up to five; just weeks into the school year.
It highlights, they argue, a culture of homophobia and intolerance endemic in schools and colleges - one that must be combated by all means necessary.
I completely support them in this mission - but while we're at it, I'd like to use the case to raise awareness of an appallingly similar situation back home in Britain.
Nationally, we Brits tend to be a lot less intolerant of gays and lesbians, but we'd be giving ourselves a totally undeserved pat on the back if we thought that meant we're more 'tolerant' overall. (For 'totally undeserved pats on the back', feel free to start reading The Spectator.)
While Americans are raising awareness of LGBT students who killed themselves following abuse, could we Brits also raise awareness of poor 15-year old Adam Bailey - victim of intense bullying for having red hair - who ultimately hung himself?
Could we Brits start clamoring for justice for 19-year-old Andrew Vickers who committed suicide, after years of being bullied for having red hair?
In fact, I'd love the British versions of celebrities like Ellen Degeneres and Lady Gaga go on television and demand an end to the sort of institutionalised discrimination that drove 11-year-old Kevin Chapmen to consider suicide, after being beaten in the streets and having anti-ginger slogans daubed on the walls of his home.
Instead, I've listened to British friends of mine dismiss once again my complaint that redheads in Britain suffer any form of discrimination - at all.
"I'm just being oversensitive," they tell me. "You have a chip on your shoulder," others complain. "Get a sense of humor!"
Maybe I don't feel like laughing; largely because I didn't have far to go to find those examples of redheads committing suicide in the UK. They died because they suffered a version of that same systematic, institutionalized abuse that drove the gay and lesbian students in America to kill themselves.
I'm not saying it's as bad - but I am saying it was bad enough to drive them to the same end.
The big difference between the suicides in the UK and USA, aside from the reason why the students were getting bullied in the first place, is that the American LGBT community (and moral people in general) are outraged by what's been allowed to happen - and are working together to stamp out intolerance in the classroom, dormitory and beyond.
Meanwhile, in Britain, the majority of people continue to deny there's even a problem in the first place - let alone do anything to solve it.
Another reason why Militant Ginger is proud to be ensconced stateside
* Who, coincidentally, appears to have red hair.