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Bullied gay teen’s suicide note: Insight on EricJames Borges’ tragic death at age 19

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
On Jan., 14, 2012, EricJames Borges committed suicide, shocking his friends and his co-workers at The Trevor Project. SDGLN Contributor Melanie Nathan attended one of his funerals, and obtained a copy of one of his suicide notes that gives insight on what he was thinking. This is her exclusive story. [ Read more → ]

LGBT kids do not choose to be bullied

Monday, January 23, 2012
In response too many of the tragic suicides of gay teens, religious individuals across the nation have decided that instead of addressing the topic of LGBT bullying directly (a.k.a. punishing the bully), it is the fault of those students who are LGBT that they are being bullied. [ Read more → ]

Tennessee gay teen commits suicide over anti-gay bullying

Sunday, January 22, 2012
GORDONSVILLE, Tenn. — Another gay teen has been lost to anti-gay bullying — Phillip Parker, 14, died last week, the victim of an apparent suicide. His parents said Phillip was constantly bullied because he was gay. [ Read more → ]

Gay teen who committed New Year’s Day suicide a victim of anti-gay bullying

Monday, January 16, 2012
GRANITE BAY, Calif. — Another gay teen, the apparent victim of anti-gay bullying, has been lost to suicide. In the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, Jeffrey Fehr, 18, hanged himself at his family’s home in Granite Bay, Calif. [ Read more → ]

Suicide claims another LGBT youth: Trevor Project intern Eric Borges

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Eric James Borges, 19, of Visalia, California, succumbed to suicide Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Known as EricJames to his friends, he was an intern with The Trevor Project, and a Supplemental instructor at the College of the Sequoias. [ Read more → ]
Jane and Joe Clementi

Tyler Clementi’s parents speak out: ‘One of our big jobs is to promote LGBT acceptance’

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
NEW YORK -- In their first television interview, Tyler Clementi's parents Jane and Joe Clementi talked with NBC's Kerry Sanders on Monday, telling her that the loss they still feel is "almost like a physical pain." [ Read more → ]
Audience member at Anoka-Hennepin School Board meeting.

Minnesota school board labels conversations about LGBT students ‘controversial’

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- During its meeting before a packed room with a standing room only crowd Monday, the Anoka-Hennepin Minnesota School District's board proposed a new "Controversial Topics Curriculum Policy" to replace the current "neutral policy" that prohibits the district's teachers from talking about homosexuality in the classroom. [ Read more → ]
Dharun Ravi

Former Rutgers student rejects no-prison plea deal in Tyler Clementi suicide case

Sunday, December 11, 2011
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- A former Rutgers University student accused of bullying his gay roommate, allegedly leading his victim to kill himself, rejected a plea deal on Friday that would have allowed him to avoid a jail sentence. [ Read more → ]
Tyler Clementi

Family of Tyler Clementi learned he was gay weeks before his death, announce foundation

Thursday, December 8, 2011
The parents of Tyler Clementi -- a Rutgers University student who jumped to his death last year after being humiliated online over his sexual orientation — said they learned only weeks before his suicide that their son was gay, and announced they have established the Tyler Clementi Foundation to work to prevent teen suicide and implement anti-bullying programs. [ Read more → ]
Jacob Rogers

Another teen bullied to death; another reason for a new Christianity

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Another kid has been bullied into killing himself. His name is Jacob Rogers. He went to Cheatham County Central High School, in Ashland City, TN. Apparently he'd been being pretty severely bullied for four years... [ Read more → ]
Jacob Rogers

Friends say classmate killed himself due to anti-gay bullying

Thursday, December 8, 2011
ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. -- Students at a local school are grieving a classmate. Friends say the young man took his own life because he couldn't take any more bullying. [ Read more → ]
Jamey Rodemeyer

School district suspends students as a ressult of Jamey Rodemeyer bullying

Monday, December 5, 2011
EAST AMHERST, N.Y. -- The Williamsville Central School District concluded its investigation into the Jamey Rodemeyer case last week by suspending some North High School students after Amherst police closed their criminal investigation Nov. 22 without filing charges. [ Read more → ]
Jamey Rodemeyer

Police: No criminal charges relating to Jamey Rodemeyer’s suicide

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Police in Amhert, N.Y. on Tuesday announced there would be no charges filed against the bullies who allegedly drove 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer to commit suicide on Sept. 18. [ Read more → ]
Ashlynn Conner

10-year-old girl hangs herself after teasing which included gender-based bullying

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
DANVILLE, Ill. -- A Vermilion County, Ill., family is in mourning after discovering that their daughter, 10-year-old Ashlynn Conner was found dead hanging in her closet in what the local coroner, Peggy Johnson, described as an apparent suicide. [ Read more → ]

Student Non-Discrimination Act needed to protect LGBT students from bullying

Sunday, November 13, 2011
It’s essential that the Student Non Discrimination Act becomes part of Elementary and Secondary Education re-Authorization Act (ESEA) when it comes for vote in the Senate. It will expand the protection from bullying based on: religion, sex, national origin and disabilities to include protection for sexual orientation and gender identity for LGBT students. [ Read more → ]

Michigan’s children speak out against Republican pro-bullying legislation

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Michigan state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) is leading the fight against against GOP efforts to create a "license to bully" that gives kids the ability to bully based on "religious or moral convictions." [ Read more → ]

Critics blast anti-bullying law for allowing exceptions based on religion, moral beliefs

Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Michigan state Senate on Wednesday passed the "Matt's Safe School Law," an anti-bullying bill that contained a last minute addition by senate Republicans that essentially nullified the bill by allowing an exception to the law for "a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or a pupil’s parent or guardian.” [ Read more → ]

Canadian LGBTQ advocacy group calls for full review on issue of youth suicide

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
TORONTO -- Egale Canada -- the Canadian national LGBT human rights organization -- has written to the Chief Coroner for the province of Ontario, Dr. Andrew McCallum, requesting a full coroner's review on the issue of LGBTQ youth suicide. [ Read more → ]
John Baird

Canadian Parliament calls for acceptance, tolerance in wake of gay teen’s suicide

Friday, October 21, 2011
In a speech before the House Of Commons on Thursday, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, told the gathered Members of Parliament and ministers that there is no place in the nation's schools for the bullying that drove an openly a gay Ottawa teen take his own life. [ Read more → ]
David McFarland (right), with Trevor Project supporter, actor Daniel Radcliffe

Trevor Project director warns: Media attention of specific LGBTQ youth suicides harmful

Thursday, October 20, 2011
David McFarland, the interim executive director and CEO for The Trevor Project -- a national suicide prevention hotline for LGBT youth -- is warning that overexposure by the media and LGBT bloggers, press, and Facebook pages focusing on specific cases of suicides by LGBT youth may be exacerbating the problem. [ Read more → ]

Millions expected to dress in purple, in person and online, for Spirit Day

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Millions of Americans will dress in purple on Thursday -- both in person and online -- to mark the second annual Spirit Day, a day demonstrate support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying. [ Read more → ]

Another gay teen suicide: It’s not bullying — it’s school mugging

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I am so fed up with writing the same story — over and over and over again. This madness has to stop, and the first way we decrease these tragedies is to stop minimizing the torment and harassment by reducing it to mere bullying. [ Read more → ]
Jamie Hubley

Father says ‘bullying was definitely a factor’ in son Jamie Hubley’s suicide

Monday, October 17, 2011
Earlier today we reported the tragic death of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley, an Ottawa who committed suicide on Saturday, and who documented the final, painful months of his life on his bog. In a statement released Monday, Jamie’s father Allan Hubley said “bullying was definitely a factor” in his son’s death. [ Read more → ]

Ottawa gay teen commits suicide after months of online posts documenting his depression

Monday, October 17, 2011
Sad news to report from Ottawa, is the suicide death of Jamie Hubley, a 15-year-old gay teen who took his own life on Saturday after documenting online the final, painful months of his life. [ Read more → ]

Washington state proposes cutting funding to youth suicide prevention program

Friday, October 14, 2011
SEATTLE — Officials in Washington state are considering eliminating funding for the state’s Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP). [ Read more → ]
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