Mother Tries To Perform Exorcism On Gay Son, He Eventually Kills Himself

This is EricJames Borges’s “It Gets Better” video posted last month, on December 10. In it he explained, among other things, that his mother tried to perform an exorcism on him after he came out of the closet.

Yesterday, on January 11, still only 19 years old, he killed himself. He was an intern with the Trevor Project which works to prevent suicides among LGBT youth. Jim Reeves reflects and reaches out to those at risk:

I met EricJames recently, at the launching of My LGBT Plus, a youth oriented resource site, based in Fresno, California. A brief introduction left me with the impression of a fine young man, and I regret that I did not get to know him better.

Friends have begun planning a memorial, details will be updated here as they become available.

Our condolences to the family and friends of EricJames.

If you are finding it difficult to deal with the issues of being LGBTQ, the Trevor Project is available, with peer counselors available to talk to you about problems you may be facing. Contact them at The Trevor Project, or call the toll-free hotline, at 866-488-7386. Help is available, and people are ready to listen.

Here was a short film EricJames made, called Invisible Creatures.

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