Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Perspective on the Recent Suicides of Young Men Due to Homophobic Bullying

I found this via one of my LiveJournal friends. Go forth and read it. It is a fascinating, beautifully written post about how these young men's endurance was worn down to the breaking point by the bullies.

May the victims of bullying, publicized or not, rest in peace.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Spirit Day or WEAR PURPLE on October 20th

Originally posted by at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and/or at their 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, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

I think this is so important. These young men's lives meant something, as do the lives of the young people who've committed suicide and not made the news, and so do the lives of the young people who still struggle with homophobic bullying.

So gay, straight, or somewhere in between, cis, trans, what-have-you, WEAR PURPLE on October 20th, to represent spirit and to remember these young men.

(Edited to change graphic to something that doesn't use photos without permission.)