Tag Archives: suicide

NEW YORK CITY: Noted LGBT Rights Attorney Burns Self To Death In “Protest Suicide” Against Fossil Fuels

The New York Daily News reports: A nationally known gay rights attorney and green activist set himself on fire and burned to death in Prospect Park early Saturday in a bizarre ecological protest suicide. The charred remains of David Buckel, 60, were discovered shortly after sunrise when firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the southwest corner of …

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Idaho Lawmaker Commits Suicide Amid Sex Probe

CBS News reports: A former Republican state lawmaker from Idaho who was facing a sexual abuse investigation has shot and killed himself, authorities said Tuesday. Brandon Hixon died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at his home, the Canyon County Coroner’s office told CBS affiliate KBOI. A family member discovered his body. Officials have released no details about …

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KENTUCKY: Right Wing State Rep Commits Suicide After Allegations Of Sexual Assault On Teen Girl [VIDEO]

NBC News reports:  Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide Wednesday night, the county coroner said. He was 57. Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016, part of a wave of Republican victories that gave …

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BRAZIL: Court Overturns Ex-Gay Torture Ban, Rules For Christian Activist Who Calls Homosexuality A “Disease”

The Guardian reports: A Brazilian judge has approved gay “conversion therapy” in a ruling which prompted widespread outrage and raised fears of a conservative backlash. Waldemar de Carvalho, a federal judge in the capital of Brasília, overruled a 1999 decision by the Federal Council of Psychology that forbade psychologists from offering widely discredited treatments which claims to “cure” gay people. …

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Marriage Equality Linked To Decrease In Teen Suicide

PBS reports: State legalization of same-sex marriage appears to be linked to a decrease in adolescent suicide, based on a new analysis published today in JAMA Pediatrics. The results give more context to the potential effects of social policy on mental health. The researchers found that suicide attempts by high school students decreased by 7 percent in states after they …

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Former Rutgers Student Pleads Guilty In Retrial For Anti-Gay Bullying That Led To Suicide Of Tyler Clementi

The Associated Press reports: A former Rutgers University student whose roommate killed himself after being secretly recorded on a web camera kissing another man pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted invasion of privacy. Dharun Ravi’s plea comes after a New Jersey appeals court last month threw out a 15-count conviction against him and ordered a new trial on other counts. The …

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MISSOURI: Leading GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Dies In Apparent Suicide

CNN reports: A leading Republican candidate for Missouri’s governor’s office died in an apparent suicide on Thursday morning. ​Thomas Schweich, the 54-year-old state auditor who’d just won a second term while running unopposed in 2014, was pronounced deceased from a single gunshot wound, possibly self-infliction, according to a Clayton Police Department press release. Detectives are conducting an investigation and an …

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OKLAHOMA: Bill To Prohibit Regulation Of Ex-Gay Torture Advances In House

With an eye on what has happened in California and New Jersey, today an Oklahoma House committee approved state Rep. Sally Kern’s bill to prohibit the state from regulating “ex-gay” torture therapy. Kern, the chair of the committee, claims her bill is the first of its kind in the nation. Her bill is expected to face strong opposition before the …

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CALIFORNIA: Former Rancho Mirage Mayor Scott Hines Commits Suicide

Via the Desert Sun: Former Rancho Mirage Mayor and City Councilman Scott Hines died Saturday night. The Riverside County Coroner’s office confirmed Sunday that Hines, 45, was pronounced dead shortly after 8:20 p.m. in his Palm Springs home. A cause of death was not listed. His biological mother, Cindy Gough Montgomery, wrote about his death in a Facebook posting. “We …

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BarbWire’s Gina Miller: Trans Teen Leelah Alcorn Was Possessed By Demons

“‘Transgenderism’ is a deeply disturbing mental and spiritual sickness. Any person who believes he is the opposite sex has serious problems, and society’s rightful disapproval is the least of them. Not everyone will like to hear this, but demon possession certainly plays a part in homosexuality and ‘transgenderism.’ In the Bible, we see that demon possession was commonly acknowledged and …

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Leelah Alcorn’s Blog Has Been Deleted

Gay Star News notes today that Leelah Alcorn’s Tumblr has been deleted. Leelah’s tortured yet eloquent posts there have galvanized LGBT activists worldwide since her suicide earlier this week. It’s unknown whether the deletion was requested by Leelah’s family, whether they obtained her password and did it themselves, or whether it was removed for violating Tumblr rules about discussing suicide. …

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Dan Savage On Leelah Alcorn

The suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn has been a trending topic of Twitter for two days and there have been hundreds of stories about her in the mainstream press. Here’s yesterday’s coverage by Reuters: A transgender Ohio teen walked in front of an oncoming truck and was crushed to death on Sunday morning, leaving behind a suicide note that …

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Headline Of The Day

From the Telegraph: A teenage girl hanged herself because she feared telling her devoutly Christian parents she might be gay, an inquest has heard. Elizabeth Lowe, 14, known as Lizzie, had confided in friends that she thought she might be a lesbian, but was struggling to reconcile her feelings with her own deep faith. She was also worried about telling …

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CALIFORNIA: 12 Year-Old Boy Cheerleader Commits Suicide Over Anti-Gay Bullying

A twelve- year-old California boy has reportedly committed suicide following anti-gay bullying because he enjoyed being a cheerleader for his middle school. Ronin Shimizu, a former student at Folsom Middle School in Folsom, California, took his life on Wednesday afternoon but police are not releasing any further details about his death. The school district has confirmed that the boy’s parents, …

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Shepard Smith Apologizes

“I spent an entire hour talking about how much this man affected people’s lives and brought greatness to this world. I was just wondering aloud what could have made this man want to end it all. And it reminds us that we all have responsibility as friends and neighbors to help take responsibility to prevent this from happening. There are …

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TRAILER: The Imitation Game

Opening on November 21st: In THE IMITATION GAME, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted …

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SAN FRANCISCO: Suicide Nets Finally Approved For Golden Gate Bridge

Via CNN: On Friday, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge Board of Directors unanimously approved $76 million in funding to erect a 20-foot-wide steel net — extending out from each side of the 1.7-mile span — to deter would-be jumpers. The federal government will cover $50 million of the cost; the rest will come from state and local sources. Last year, …

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