Gay Teen in 'It Gets Better' Video Commits Suicide

Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, couldn't take the bullying any longer
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2011 3:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – As members of the US military were about to celebrate their right to serve as gays, one gentle New York gay student, 14, was ending his life because he could no longer face bullying at his school. "I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens," Jamey Rodemeyer wrote in his blog earlier this month. "What do I have to do so people will listen to me?" He was found dead outside his Buffalo home after he posted a final message on Tumblr, thanking Lady Gaga. In a heart-breaking "It Gets Better" YouTube video he recorded earlier this year, Rodemeyer said that things were "getting better" because friends were supporting him.

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"He was the sweetest, kindest kid you'd ever know," his mom Tracy Rodemeyer told the Buffalo News. "He touched so many hearts, so many people." Rodemeyer said her son had questioned his sexuality for the last year, and some of his classmates used those issues as an excuse to attack him. Jamey is "stupid, gay, fat and ugly. He must die," wrote an anonymous taunter on Jamey's Formspring site. (Read more gay teenagers stories.)

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