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We Must Protect all LGBTQ Youth from Bullying and Suicide
The recent suicidal deaths of several LGBTQ or perceived LGBTQ individuals greatly sadden us at EqualityToledo. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families, friends and loved ones of those individuals who have recently died. The recent news reports tell us about Billy Lucas, 15, who hanged himself on 9/9/10 at his Indiana home after years of reported harassment by students who judged him to be gay. Asher Brown, a 13-year-old in Harris, TX, who had reportedly recently come out, took his life with a gun on 9/23/10 after years of being picked on for his size, religion, clothing and perception that he was gay. Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old in Tehachapi, CA, who passed away on 9/28/10 after 9 days on life support from hanging himself. Police reported he had been mercilessly taunted by fellow students over his perceived sexual orientation. Tyler Clementi, 18, a Rutgers freshman, who leapt to his death on 9/22/10 from the George Washington Bridge after a roommate allegedly broadcast him via the Internet in a same-sex encounter behind closed doors in his dorm room. And Raymond Chase, a 19-year-old openly gay sophomore from Johnson and Wales, who hanged himself in his dorm room on 9/29/10.
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