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).
…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.
- R.I.P. ;; In memory of the recent suicides due to gay abuse, wear purple. (pinkbananaworld.com)
- [culture] Spirit Day (jlake.com)
- US shock over fifth teen homophobic bullying suicide (pinkbananaworld.com)
- National Media Dedicates Time to Address Anti-Gay Bullying (pinkbananaworld.com)
- “Sometimes, the laws don’t adequately address the situation.” (towleroad.com)