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13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19...
Just random numbers, or the ages of ten young boys when their lives were needlessly lost.
These boys had never met, and had only four things in common.
They all resided across the United States of America, in New Jersey, California, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Indiana.
They were all raised in loving homes.
All had friends and family that loved them.
They all commited suicide because of the constant bullying they received when schoolmates found out they were, or suspected them of being gay. One of these boys wasn't even gay, he was straight but was still tormented like he was until he could take no more.
This one simple fact was enough for these bright young boys to choose death over one more day of torture.
Over one more day of hell on Earth because others were too homophobic to just let them be.
These deaths were not neccessary. Needless blood has been shed.
And still no one seems to care other than our own community.
One child's suicide is tragic, ten is slaughter.
What are you going to do to help prevent more deaths like these?
Join myself and countless others on October 20th, 2010 in remembering these boys by celebrating Spirit Day, a day where people everywhere will wear purple in their memory.
Purple represents spirit on our rainbow flag.
So please join us, and help put a stop to homophobic bullying.

Seth Walsh, Asher Brown, Caleb Nolt, Justin Aaberg, Harrison Chase Brown, Billy Lucas, Felix Sacco, Tyler Clementi, Raymond Chase. Your deaths will not be in vain. You will be remembered.
After learning of these deaths, all I could remember was being bullied when I was younger for being gay, when I hadn't even begun to come out to myself. It was a horrible time for me, and I almost ended my life as well, thankfully I had great friends that saved me, though they don't know it. I wish these boys had had proper help before it was too late for them.
Let us not forget these boys or the countless others that we have not heard of, and may not ever hear of.
So please if you know of anyone that is suicidal, or seems like they may be, please help them. Talk to them, get them proper help. More deaths should not have to happen.
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GreenDayGirl18 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I wore purple on that day.....and shed floods of tears. I thought of my dear friend who is gay when I heard about those horrible suicides. I love him so much and if anything like that were to happen to him, I would die a broken hearted girl. To show my support, I show up at every GSA meeting at school, scold every kids who says "that's so gay", wear my rainbow heart on my sleeve (literally!). When I was in middle school, I was tormented with no remorse because I'm autistic. Kids called me fag, faggot, retarded, ugly, white trash, and freak show. I wanted to die. I began to hate myself. But because of my loving friends in high school and a very supportive teacher, I felt like I can move on. Then I hear about these awful tragic suicides and think about how I was bullied like they were. I decided to show my undying love and support for LGBTQ and will stand up for them even if it costs me my life. Nobody deserves to be treated badly.
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sassyagent Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Wow, hun that's all I can think to say, just wow. You seem like an amazing person, and I honestly wish that the world had more people like you in it, then maybe we'd all be a bit happier.
~ Kai
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GreenDayGirl18 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I agree. I was taught to be open minded and I have a lot of love to give to other people. I don't want other innocent people to suffer the way those poor kids did before they took their lives. It breaks my heart. My beloved friends from my college LGBTQ club are like my brothers and sisters to me. They help make the pain from my past go away and make me feel like I belong. I can't thank them enough for that. Seeing them every week to join in the fun we have and the laughter we share gives me a reason to get up in the morning. I never want anything to take all that away from me. The world needs love, not war or all this senseless hate.
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partlycloudy767 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
i wore a purple bracelet on that day... i made it especially for it, 'cause i didn't have any purple clothing. first chance i've had since coming out to do something symbolic for the community. every time i hear about an LGBT kid who's died, it's like a knife to my heart. so many times it could have been me. i wish i knew all these kids--wish i could've helped them...
excellent job reaching all the other deviants that commented, by the by.
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jaypaw234 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Bullying is wrong. there is no excuse. i feel terribly sad for these boy's families and the pain they are suffering due to the cruelty of others. it doesn't matter if you are straight, gay, or lesbian, we are all the same. i'm autistic and i know what it's like to feel like no one cares about you. it hurts, and what hurts more is that i know i can't help being autistic. i was born autistic, and most of my friends are autistic and i have seen them start to get picked on, but i always protect them. to me, there is no such thing as "normal". everyone is the same in my eyes. i have helped several mentally disabled kids with their schoolwork, and it makes me proud. don't EVER think you can bully someone because they are 'different'. it's one of the things i hate most. so, to sum it up, i repeat: bullying is very wrong. there is NO excuse.
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untilwefindit Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
This type of thing should never ever happen. I'll wear purple on this day, just for a bit of hope that more lives won't be wasted
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Desireclanwarrior Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Caleb went to my school... He and his brother ate lunch at the table I sat at... :( There was another person who cried an entire day in the Nurse's office because he died.

I'll wear purple on the 20th.
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Kaioh-the-PureMage Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Count me in!, but i'll need to be reminded.
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CuriousCliche Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
I cried when I learned of these recent deaths. I creied again when I head Ellen's message. The extent of this damage is disgusting.
I will wear purple on the 20th, and feel priviledged to have survived my own dark state of mind.
I will morn those lost.
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itskokosfault Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Thank you for writing this. More people need to see it. :heart:
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