On Wednesday night, openly-gay 19 year-old sophomore Raymond Chase took his own life by hanging himself in his dorm room. He was studying culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. And he became a number in a terrifying list of gay child suicides this month.
In moments like this, it’s difficult to find more tears, more sorrow. It just goes straight through to anger now. But we cannot let any of these children just be another number. Each of them were special and important and striving to become something.
“Raymond Chase was a person who liked Harry Potter and Rugrats and was a member of the popular facebook group “I cant spell “bananas” without singing hollaback girl.” He’s not number five in a week of suicides, he’s a unique special person with friends and family who are devastated by his loss. He’s a gay college kid who sure seems happy but not that day, or maybe he’d never been, and something happened or something had always happened and he couldn’t do it.”
Tell his story. Read everything you can about him and when you tell his story, make sure he’s not just another number.
When you’re done with that, tell your story. Tell your story so that more young people see that they are not alone – we can fix this, but only if we are not doing it alone.
Please take a look at our post from yesterday regarding the resources available to us and what we can do to make a difference.