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Retired Methodist pastor commits suicide to protest racism, homophobia

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Rev. Charles Moore
A retired United Methodist pastor who spent much of his life fighting against racial injustice, homophobia and the death penalty, has committed suicide in what was intended as a final protest and an act to inspire change. Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire in the parking lot of a strip mall in his hometown of Grand Saline, Texas...

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Delaware program targets depression, suicide among LGBT youth

| Monday, March 10, 2014
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DOVER, Del. — With the National School Climate Survey reporting that as many as 64 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths likely to suffer from depression, suicide attempts and substance abuse, organizations across the state are joining together to implement early-intervention services in schools and the community.

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Wis. queer youth commits suicide; family, friends say bullying was a factor

| Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Lexi Lopez-Brandies
RACINE, Wis. -- A 14-year-old Wisconsin youth who identified as gender queer committed suicide on Sunday, and now friends and family are coming forward to say that bullying is to blame.

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Gay-Straight Alliances: Empowering youth, saving lives

| Sunday, December 1, 2013
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I have a vague memory of hearing announcements and seeing posters for it on the walls. I remember wanting to go. I hadn’t yet come out at this point but I had the sense that I would find support and understanding in this club, and I wanted to be a part of it so badly. But there was a barrier in my mind that prevented me from being able to attend the club. I graduated without going to even one meeting...

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Man gets year in prison for posing as transgender girl to extort professor

| Monday, November 18, 2013
Daniel Timothy Duplaisir (left) and James Arnt Aune.
HOUSTON -- A Louisiana man was sentenced to a year in prison Monday for running an extortion scheme that authorities believe led a Texas A&M University professor to commit suicide by jumping to his death from a campus parking garage.

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Family of Tyler Clementi make first visit to site of Rutgers student’s suicide

| Sunday, November 10, 2013
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FORT LEE, N.J. — The family of the Rutgers University student whose suicide sparked a national conversation about the treatment of young gay people paid their first visit Sunday to the bridge where he took his life.

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Wentworth Miller: I tried to commit suicide ‘more than once’ growing up

| Monday, September 9, 2013
Wentworth Miller
Actor Wentworth Miller, who revealed last month that he’s gay, said he tried to commit suicide “more than once” when he was growing up as he struggled to come to terms with his sexual orientation.

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Bullied teen’s suicide highlights report that 1 in 3 LGBT kids in Italy contemplate suicide

| Friday, August 16, 2013
Students found this message spray painted on that gates out Socrates High School in Rome earlier this year; the message reads, "'Fags we will kill you. Gays at the stake."
ROME, Italy -- A 14-year-old teen in Rome, Italy, committed suicide earlier this week as a result of anti-gay bullying, highlighting a recent study that one in three LGBT teens in Italy has contemplated suicide.

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Bullied gay teen is fifth suicide at Iowa high school in past 5 years

| Monday, July 29, 2013
AJ Betts
PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — Alexander (AJ) Betts, a 16-year-old gay teen, took his own life over the weekend, becoming the fifth student from a suburban Des Moines, Iowa, high school to do so in the past five years.

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For Carlos Vigil, whose fate could have been my own… Rest in peace, my friend

| Thursday, July 18, 2013
Carlos Vigil
Initially I could not understand why Carlos Vigil's story had elicited such a strong emotional response from me. Perhaps it was our shared interest in government and public policy? Maybe it was the clear articulation of his frame of mind that day through a posting I had read on his Twitter account? Or perhaps it was my empathy for his family and what they must be going through during this harrowing moment in their lives? As I pondered these questions I quickly came to the realization that selfishly, my feelings had little to do with Carlos or his family. It was because of me...

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