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Delaware program targets depression, suicide among LGBT youth

Monday, March 10, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Lexi Lopez-Brandies

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

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Gay-Straight Alliances: Empowering youth, saving lives

Sunday, December 1, 2013
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... [ Read more → ]
Daniel Timothy Duplaisir (left) and James Arnt Aune.

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

Monday, November 18, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Family of Tyler Clementi make first visit to site of Rutgers student’s suicide

Sunday, November 10, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Wentworth Miller

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

Monday, September 9, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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."

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

Friday, August 16, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
AJ Betts

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

Monday, July 29, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Carlos Vigil

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

Thursday, July 18, 2013
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... [ Read more → ]
Carlos Vigil

Bullied N.M. gay teen posts suicide note online before taking his own life

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
LAS LUNAS, N.M. -- An openly gay New Mexico high school student who spoke out against bullying died Tuesday after his family removed him from life support following a suicide attempt over the weekend. [ Read more → ]
Dominique Venner

Anti-gay marriage activist commits suicide on alter at Notre Dame cathedral

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
PARIS -- A far-right anti-gay marriage activist on Tuesday committed suicide at the altar of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, just three days after French President Francois Hollande signed into law a measure authorizing marriage and adoption by same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Homophobia’s cruel Mothers Day

Sunday, May 19, 2013
I can not help but be in awe of the horrible force that homophobia still exerts in our world. It is the force that inspires a mob to destroy a teenage girl, it is the power that drives a family to abandon a daughter at a time when she needs them most, and, worst of all, it is a hatred that through its destruction can turn the brightest, most unconditional love a human being can experience in on itself and into a dark and evil grief that devours every iota of life... [ Read more → ]
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Father of gay teen who committed suicide plans nationwide walk against bullying

Friday, April 19, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. — The father of a gay Oregon teenager who hanged himself is ready to begin walking across the United States to spread his message against bullying. [ Read more → ]
Jadin-Bell

Family announces foundation to combat bullying in wake of Jadin Bell’s death

Thursday, February 7, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. -- Speaking before a crowd of about 200 people Wednesday, the father of an Oregon teen who died Sunday after he hanged himself two weeks earlier, said that he loved his gay son, and accepted him for who he was. [ Read more → ]
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Bullying study suggests ‘it gets better’ as LGBT youth get older

Monday, February 4, 2013
CHICAGO — It really does get better for gay and bisexual teens when it comes to being bullied, although young gay men have it worse than their lesbian peers, according to the first long-term scientific evidence on how the problem changes over time. [ Read more → ]
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Bullied gay teen who hanged himself, dies after clinging to life for 16 days

Sunday, February 3, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. -- Jadin Bell, a 15-year-old gay teen who hanged himself two weeks ago after complaining of bullying, died Sunday afternoon at Doernbecher Children's Hospital on Portland. [ Read more → ]
Tyler Clementi

Rutgers University names new student center for Tyler Clementi

Friday, February 1, 2013
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Rutgers University has announced it has named a new student named for Tyler Clementi, a gay student who jumped to his death in 2010 after his roommate used a webcam to record Clementi in an intimate encounter with another man. [ Read more → ]
Jadin-Bell

Jadin Bell: The Lynching of a Butterfly and the Modern Mob

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The officials are calling the impending death of young Jadin a “suicide”. It was not a suicide; it was the destruction of something innocent, something beautiful, something of supreme contribution exposed to an environment that valued it not at all. The facts support their word perhaps. No argument. A 15 year old boy took a rope to a playground and without assistance from any visible being, hung himself. [ Read more → ]
Jadin Bell

Oregon teen in critical condition after hanging himself due to anti-gay bullying

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. -- A 15-year-old teen has been taken off life support and is in critical condition after hanging himself over what family members describe as anti-gay bullying. Jadin Bell of La Grande, Ore., went to the playground of Central Elementary School on Jan.... [ Read more → ]
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China court rules gay man who married a woman not liable for her suicide

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
SICHUAN, China -- The parents of a woman who committed suicide after discovering that her husband was gay, lost a lawsuit against him in a local court in Southwest China's Sichuan Province. [ Read more → ]
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Parents: School ‘mishandled’ situation that led to their son’s suicide

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah -- The parents of 14-year-old David Phan, an openly gay student who shot and killed himself in front of horrified classmates at on November 29, are speaking out and accusing school officials of "mishandling" the situation that led to their son's death. [ Read more → ]
Josh-Pacheco

Parents say anti-gay bullying is to blame for son’s suicide

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
FENTON, Mich. -- The parents of a Michigan high school student who took his own life last week believe anti-gay bullying is to blame. [ Read more → ]
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Openly gay teen in Rome commits suicide because of anti-gay bullying

Thursday, November 22, 2012
ROME, Italy -- A 15-year-old openly gay teen has committed suicide after allegedly suffering repeated anti-gay bullying at school and online, according to Rome's chief deputy prosecutor, Pierfilippo Laviani. [ Read more → ]
bullying

Do anti-marriage equality ads just teach our children to bully?

Sunday, November 4, 2012
My parents are grateful I didn’t kill myself while in school. The truth is that they didn’t know how close I came. Six out of ten teenagers, in 2011, witness bullying at least once a day in school. Those who are bullied are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. When you add those numbers together, there are a lot of children in our school systems who are isolated and alone and hurting... [ Read more → ]
Justin AabergFamily photo.

When will real change happen in Anoka-Hennepin schools?

Friday, November 2, 2012
Today -- over 2 years after that awful summer day when I first learned about the bullying and harassment that Justin faced in school on a continuous basis, and confronting the Anoka-Hennepin school board for my first time at a public meeting about what my son and other gay students like him have endured in the schools -- my family is still not able to heal the way we should have been able to... [ Read more → ]
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