If you haven’t seen this video yet, you need to watch it. It’s heartbreaking on its own, but it becomes far more devastating when you know that he killed himself two days after filming this message to tell other young gay people that they can overcome homophobia and hatred and have a happy life.
People ask me regularly why I care so much about gay rights since I’m not gay myself. This is why. Because I’ve known and cared about too many people like Eric, people who were ostracized by their families and mistreated and brutalized by their peers. This is why we cannot just leave the fight for equality to those who need it; those of us who care about the victims of bigotry must stand up and make our voices heard.