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Another young gay man, gone far too soon

Another young gay man, gone far too soon

A new day, a new death.  Again at his own hand.

Openly gay student Raymond Chase was found dead in his room.  He had committed suicide and hanged himself.  From Campus Pride:

“The loss of Raymond this week is the second college LGBT-related suicide in a week and the fifth teenage LGBT suicide in three weeks. The suicide of this openly gay young man is for reasons currently unknown; however, the recent pattern of LGBT youth suicides is cause for grave concern,” said Shane Windmeyer, executive director and founder of Campus Pride. “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.”

This, to me, is unbelievably tragic.  The reason for Chase taking his own life is not clear at the moment, but it’s really irrelevant.  He felt that suicide was the only way to solve whatever problem was in front of him.

The body count keeps climbing and this is just the start of the school year.

And it gets worse:  I seemingly was one of the few to cover a school district in Minnesota that has had three deaths of their own to bullying.  The deaths in recent weeks are far from being the only casualties in 2010, they’re simply getting the most press coverage.

I’m seeing far too many articles that cover the minutiae of why this is happening and not enough pointing teens in the right direction to get help before they decide this is a way to fix problems of their own. Messages like the one below from Ellen Degeneres are far too scarce:

Owning my own site comes with responsibility, as it should for an other writer out there.  Is cupcake-gate really that freakin’ important?  Really??  I took alot of shit for not running  a single piece about the bigots who refused to make rainbow-themed cupcakes (I was busy writing a teen suicide piece that got national pickup) and I stand behind my decision to proceed the way I did, and I’ll do it again today.

Does anyone at this stage really give a damn what perceived problem the right has brought down on us now?  What insanity fell out of Christine O’Donnell’s mouth today?  The bullies are running rampant, and nobody is digging their heels into the ground and saying “No more, you’re done.”

This isn’t an “also-ran” topic, or a blurb to be placed below the fold.  This is front and center and the LGBT community who has their own sites and are clammoring for their share of the audience need to put the bullshit pieces aside and focus on what’s really important.  Too many young people are dead and the awesome power of the internet isn’t being harnessed to keep the light on this problem – or offer help to those that just might be thinking “hey, that guy has the right idea.  His suffering is over.”

I’ve added links to my blogroll for The Trevor Project, as well as a specific link for their suicide prevention resources.  I have more resources and changes in the works and revealed very soon.

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