October 1st, 2010

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Anti-gay attacks on young people around the nation

Emory's Office of GLBT Life (http://www.lgbt.emory.edu) sent out a message out today and I thought it was worth sharing for the mini catalog of anti-gay attacks it lists.

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October is a month of celebrations for transgender, lesbian, bisexual, same-gender-loving, gay, and queer communities. This year, however, it must also include moments of pause and reflection given this events over the last month. When we look around the nation, we see:

  • Eleven-year-old Tyler Wilson of Findlay, Ohio, whose arm was broken by two boys because he joined the cheering team on August 31st;
  • Fifteen-year-old Billy (William) Lucas of Greensburg, Indiana, who was found dead on September 9th in a barn at his grandmother’s home after taking his own life. Friend and classmate Nick Hughes said that he was tormented for years because of accusations of being gay;
  • Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University student, who took his own life on September 22nd after his roommate secretly filmed him during a “sexual encounter” with another male in his dorm room and posted it live on the Internet.
  • Thirteen-year-old Asher Brown who killed himself September 23rd after enduring what his mother and stepfather say was constant harassment from four other students in Houston, Texas.
  • A University of Wisconsin at Whitewater student assaulted on September 26th after she was called “faggot” for wearing a “Legalize Gay” t-shirt.
  • Thirteen-year-old Seth Walsh of Bakersfield, California who died September 28th after nine days on life support after he attempted suicide. He was continuously bullied for being gay;
  • Raymond Chase, a 19-year-old openly gay student at Johnson & Wales University commit suicide on September 29th;
  • Chris Armstrong, the openly gay Student Government Association President at the University of Michigan attacked by the Assistant Attorney General of Michigan, Andrew Shirvell. Shirvell created a blog about Armstrong, calling him “Satan’s representative on the student assembly” because of his work to create gender-neutral student housing.