This is a tragic story about an American teenager who jumped to his death after he was filmed having sex with a man and the video then posted online. You can read more here.
Please watch this message from Ellen Degeneres and take something from it. It moved me to tears.
I urge you to seek help if you are experiencing bullying, depression or suicidal thoughts. No matter your age, gender, religion, race or sexual orientation, you deserve a happy life free from bullying.
And if you are a bully, please think about the impacts your actions are having on individuals and their families and friends – stop what you’re doing.
We need to stamp out homophobia and bullying before it turns to hate crime like this.
As Ellen says, ‘peoples’ minds will change, and you should be alive to see it’.
There is a YouTube campaign called It Gets Better. MCV says the campaign is ‘aimed to show gay youth that even though they may get bullied or tormented during their school years, being a member of the LGBT community during their adulthood can be a truly wonderful thing’.
This is Darren Hayes’ message.