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14-year-old boy in Italy commits suicide due to anti-gay bullying

On Monday, August 12th, 2013

bullying-harmless-thumb-640x480A young teenager in Rome has taken his own life because of anti-gay bullying. As Pink News reports on August 11, a 14-year-old committed suicide because of struggles with acceptance of his sexuality.

The teen killed himself by throwing himself from a balcony. According to reports, he left two messages to his family apologizing. But constant bullying, including text messages on his phone proved to be too much for the teen as he felt he had no one to turn to.

One of the messages read: “I am a homosexual, no one understands my drama and I do not know how to make it acceptable to my family.”

This was a tragedy to family and friends because they didn’t know anything was wrong but often the signs are there but are not clearly seen. Often times, teens are afraid to open up with parents out of fear of non-acceptance and also a fear of being bullied further.

As anti-gay bullying continues to be an issue around the world, there is more urgency for something to be done. Here in America, strides are being made to prevent bullying and bring awareness to youth about the consequences of bullying, but in other countries like Italy, protections against anti-discrimination are further behind.

Just last July, the Lower House of Italy’s Parliament announced that it would begin debating a bill that would make homophobic discrimination a crime but in the meantime there are no protections against anti-gay discrimination and same-sex marriages and civil partnerships are not recognized so acceptance of homosexuality in the country seems a long ways away.

But perhaps with this recent suicide, and a another suicide by another teen back in 2012 who hung himself because of anti-gay bullying, legislation push up their debate on creating a bill that will protect LGBT people in Italy.

It is just not a human rights issue; it is also about the freedom of living.

About - Tarringo T. Vaughan always believed he had a love affair with literature. One of the first pictures he saw of himself was of him at maybe the age of three or four year’s old sitting with a book in his hand. But for Tarringo, growing up in the depths of the inner city both in Boston, MA and Springfield, MA made him believe that expression through the literary voice was un-cool and unattainable. As a very quiet and shy child he learned it became very valuable in his self expression. Born in 1976, Tarringo was the first child, grandchild and nephew in a family that had grown accustomed to struggle. His mother was a teenager who quickly lost the support of my father who today he knows very little of. These aspects of his life triggered the inspiration of his pen.

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