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Settlement reached in case of bullied, gay teen who committed suicide

Monday, September 29, 2014
David Phan
SALT LAKE CITY -- The family of a 14-year-old boy who say their son was bullied prior to committing suicide outside a school in a Salt Lake City suburb has reached a settlement with the school district, the two sides announced Monday. The family of David Phan had filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and was considering a lawsuit...

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Tyler Clementi’s legacy: A family fighting on behalf of bullied LGBT youth

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Joseph and Jane Clementi in their home in Ridgewood, N.J. Their son, Tyler, jumped off the George Washington Bridge in 2010 after learning that his college roommate was spying on his relationship with another man. His suicide sparked a national conversation about the treatment of young gay people and brought the spotlight associated with it to his family’s front door.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Tyler Clementi's family could have stayed silent after he killed himself. They could have, understandably, hid from the spotlight and attention thrust upon them when he jumped from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate's webcam captured him with another man inside his Rutgers dorm room. But four years after his death...

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Transgender teen struggling with depression, gender identity commits suicide

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Riley Matthew Moscatel
BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A transgender teen was killed when an Amtrak train hit him Monday afternoon in what officials are ruling a suicide. Officials say Riley Matthew Moscatel, 17, of Croydon, Pa. stepped in front of the oncoming passenger train around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, and that the train traveled about a mile before it was able to come to a complete.

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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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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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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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