The Rising Cost – Part 1

September 30th, 2010
Justin Aaberg was only 15 years old. He had come out to his mother when he was 13, and while on the outside he seemed to have a great life going, on the inside he was a tormented storm. LGBT students at the Anoka-Hennepin School that Justin attended were, like is so frequently the case, easy targets as other students, and even teachers turned a blind eye. It finally got to a point where he just couldn?t handle it any more and feeling he had no where to turn to for help, he hanged himself in his room. Justin was the sixth student from the school to take his own life in the last 2 years and most are believed to have been the result of homophobic bulling.

More on Justin at WCCO including a video.


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The Rising Cost – Part 2

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This morning the Advocate reports on yet another suicide of a young gay man. 19 year old Raymond Chase, who attended Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island hung himself in his dorm room on Wednesday. According to Autostraddle?

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.

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