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Rise Against’s new video — Make It Stop — pays homage to teen suicide victims

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

In this new video — “Make It Stop (September’s Children)” — the band Rise Against pays homage to LGBT suicide victims in this just released second single from their album, Endgame.

The track was written in response to the rash of teen suicides in September 2010, by teens who were bullied for their sexual orientation, or perceived orientation. Among the teens memorialized in the video: Tyler Clementi, Billy Lucas, Cody Barker, and Seth Walsh.

“Tim McIlrath has written a powerful song,” said “It Gets Better” founder Dan Savage.

“With the release of ‘Make It Stop’ and the accompanying video, Rise Against is sending the message to its fan base that the bullying and harassment of LGBT teens needs to stop and that suicide isn’t a solution.”

More on Rise Against, and “Make It Stop” at MTV.com

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17 more reader comments:

  1. Never really liked the band, mostly because my brother plays their music nonstop around me and it started to get annoying, but major props. I’ll probably listen to the song.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 9:44pm
  2. That is truely cool to hear like pink and lady gaga the world is making another step to stop this kind of abuse form happening you are true an inspiration to all the youg ppl out there thank you from my heart to yours :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 9:47pm
  3. YES! Keep the movement alive. The louder the voice the harder it is to quiet.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10:03pm
  4. i was not expecting it to be that powerful. i’m impressed.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10:11pm
  5. Awesome! Love them even more now! Thank you!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10:19pm
  6. I’m so inspired right now <3

    Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10:28pm
  7. Listened, loved, and shared~ great to see more people are taking action against this bullying epidemic!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10:35pm
  8. Thank you soo much to the Band! I cried, during the video. It does get better. Tyler Clementi, et al, we miss you!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10:41pm
  9. I have always liked this band, now I love them.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10:52pm
  10. this is now on my Facebook for my friens to see and i will be taking it to Twitter. I am grateful for Rise Against even though i didnt listen to them but i fully support them for the safety of me and showing the world that this has to stop.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 11:41pm
  11. This moved me

    Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 2:47am
  12. Beautiful and heart filled. Mad props. I’ll have to listen to this band now. I liked the sound. Mad props!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 9:04am
  13. I love Tim! He’s my hero! First time I ever crowdsurfed was to this song :D

    Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 10:05am
  14. Simply awesome.

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 4:43am
  15. Play this song loud and proud for everyone to hear.
    Love is love and hate needs to end.
    I plan to go on living…

    Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 8:29am
  16. This is so inspirational I actually cried now if all the haters and everyone else could see this think what people would think

    Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 5:22pm
  17. Powerful video.

    Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 6:52pm