Sad news to report from Ottawa: the suicide death of Jamie Hubley, a 15-year-old gay teen who took his own life on Saturday after documenting online the final, painful months of his life. Jamie wrote openly on his Tumblr blog of his struggles with depression, and in a post just three weeks ago, wrote, “I hate being the only open gay guy in my school". ‘This hurts too much,’ was his last blog entry before his suicide. http://natpo.st/ndKnQX
Jamie was described as a gifted actor and singer who loved Lady Gaga, Adele and Katy Perry, and posted numerous videos of himself singing on his personal YouTube channel including this rendition of Gaga’s “Born this Way,” Jamie was a student at AY Jackson Secondary School in Kanata, Ontario, a suburb of Ottawa, where he started a rainbow alliance club for LGBT youth and their allies. A Facebook memorial page is here.
UPDATE: Janie's father says ‘bullying was definitely a factor’ in son Jamie Hubley’s suicide – LGBTQ Nation - http://bit.ly/qHOtvl
ACTOR Zachary Quinto, decided to go public with his sexuality after after hearing about the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, a gay teenager from Buffalo, New York. according to his blog post on his official website,
Rodemeyer took his own life in September, just months after making a video for the "It Gets Better" project, a campaign aimed at preventing suicide among bullied gay teens.
Quinto, who also made an "It Gets Better" video for the project, said, "In light of Jamey's death, it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality." http://bit.ly/mQJ9oT
Following Quinto's post, an ABC News anchor in the US reporting on Quinto used the opportunity to come out of the closet as well. Reporting the story for World News Now, anchor Dan Kloeffler joked that he would reverse his personal policy against dating actors to go out with Quinto.
"...For the same reason that Zach decided to come out, I too, no longer wanted to hide this part of my life," the 35-year-old Kloeffler wrote. "There have been too many tragic endings and too many cases of bullying because of intolerance...as a journalist, I don’t want to be the story, but as a gay man I don’t want to stand silent if I can offer some inspiration or encouragement to kids that might be struggling with who they are." "As a gay man I don't want to stand silent if I can offer some inspiration or encouragement to kids that might be struggling with who they are," he said. - http://huff.to/qSC4n0
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