RIP Gay Victims of Abuse: Will YOU Wear Purple on October 20th?

 

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This post follows a previous article on Tyler Clemente Dead at 18: Teasing and Bullying Teenagers is an Epidemic.  Please click there before continuing…

Tyler Clemente wasn’t the only recent teenage victim of persecution for being gay.  There was also Asher Brown (an 8th grader who shot himself in the head after suffering abuse by other students), Seth Walsh (hung himself at 13 after school officials ignored the problem), Justin Aaberg (at 15 hung himself following three of five suicides thought related to struggles with sexual identity), Raymond Chase (hung himself at 19) and Billy Lucas (hung himself at 15 after making administrators aware of his LGBT bullying, and they did nothing).

According to the Miami Herald, Campus Pride (which recently released a study on attitudes towards LGBT students on campus) issued a statement in reaction to the deaths:

…the recent pattern of LGBT youth suicides is cause for grave concern. Campus Pride demands national action be taken to address youth bullying, harassment and the need for safety and inclusion for LGBT youth at colleges and universities across the country. We must not let these tragic deaths go unnoticed. Together we must act decisively to curb anti-LGBT bias incidents, harassment and acts of violence.

Many consider this terrible pattern of abuse as a call to action.

Around the country, and around the world, people are remembering these boys with one simple act.  On October 20th, 2010 we will be wearing purple in honor of these boys who committed suicide due to homophobic abuse in their homes and schools:

Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools. RIP Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas. You are loved.

Join this event and invite everyone on your friends list. Don’t let their deaths be for nothing. Let it mean something, and let’s do something to change this country for once.

The event was created by someone who cares deeply on Tumblr, and it’s catching on.  Be part of the movement, and show that you don’t tolerate persecution, against children and teenagers, or anyone. The event can be found here on Facebook.

Please post a comment below if you will be wearing purple on October 20th in memory of these boys.

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12 comments on “RIP Gay Victims of Abuse: Will YOU Wear Purple on October 20th?

  1. alisekobre says:

    I’m in! Bullying is a public health issue in schools, on campuses and in work places. We need to stop ignoring it!

  2. […]     This post follows a previous article on Tyler Clemente Dead at 18: Teasing and Bullying Teenagers is an Epidemic.  Please click there before continuing… Tyler Clemente wasn't the only recent teenage victim of persecution for being gay.  There was also Asher Brown (an 8th grader who shot himself in the head after suffering abuse by othe … Read More […]

  3. Michaela says:

    I will for sure be wearing purple, as will my entire college GSA. We will have a booth out at school that day for people to remember these boys and anyone else who has been bullied for their sexuality, Our condolences are with the families of those affected, your sons will be remembered. Bless you all.

  4. Janet says:

    I will be wearing purple i memory of the young men who were too sensitive to be in this world of intolerance, and in support of LGBT persons everywhere. But you need to be aware that the article that is linked to Tyler Clemente above is NOT supportive of gays, but is still putting forth that being LGBT is an illness that is treatable, not just another example of the wonderful diversity of humanity. I suggest you find a more compassionate article for that link.

  5. victoria says:

    im totally in. i notified all my friends about it and im going to my school principal to ask everyone to wear purple..

  6. Jason Reynolds says:

    It’s (past) time we as a community come together to support one another and our young people. No one deserves what these young men went thru. I promise to do my part to see positive change made in & for our community. My prayers are with the families of these young men.

  7. Bridgette says:

    I am gay and I have been bullied in my first years of high school by all the older girls. Now that I am older I try to stop people from picking on the younger kids. I know that it has effected my life greatly. I just think that the students who are being bullied need to step up and dont be scared to tell a teacher because in the end it could save your life.

  8. Andrea says:

    I’m in!

  9. Sasha says:

    singapore support this campaign. we don’t tolerate gay bullying!

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