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Another Gay Teen Commits Suicide!

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Another young life unnecessarily lost.

Corey Jackson, a gay student at Oakland University in Michigan, was found dead yesterday after reportedly committing suicide. The poor boy was a sophomore at the school, 19-years-old, and reportedly was not a victim of bullying by his peers.

However, the campus police found Corey in a wooded area behind the school grounds. The medical examiner confirmed his death was a suicide by hanging.

So incredibly tragic.

The school's president, Gary Russi, issued the following letter of support to the students and to encourage them to honor Corey's memory:

“Any death in the campus community diminishes us all. We know there will be no quick antidote for the pain that Corey’s sudden death has caused, and that only time can heal the sorrow felt by his family and friends. In our mourning, I am hopeful that we will not focus on the manner of Corey’s death, but rather celebrate the life he lived and the people he touched.

Reassuringly, this spirit of community is already evident. Corey’s family and friends gathered in Van Wagoner Hall (Tuesday evening) to talk about Corey’s death and to comfort each other. At 10 p.m. this evening, those who loved and befriended Corey will gather again to celebrate his life on the bridge that crosses Bear Lake.

I encourage all in the campus community to come together and comfort those who need our support at this sad time. I’d also like to share that Graham Health Center is prepared to provide counseling to anyone who feels the need to talk about their feelings or manage their grief.

I’m confident that those who knew and loved Corey will miss him and cherish his memory. I know, too, that we as a campus community will keep his family and closest friends in our thoughts and prayers.”

This just breaks our hearts. We wish he'd known he'd had this kind of support behind him, so perhaps he didn't feel so alone and like he needed to end his beautiful, young life.

So upsetting.

We send our condolence to his family and friends, who are surely feeling his loss today.

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60 comments to “Another Gay Teen Commits Suicide!”



  1. 1

    Thank you Perez for reporting this. i wasnt friends with corey, i only knew him by association. but seeing this finally on the news and on your site really hits you with whats going on when its so closely related to you in some way. everyone leading some sort of difficult problem in their life should know It Gets Better!
    Thank you for the love to my friends that knew him and his family.



  2. 2

    Do you think maybe its about time you STOP posting these articles? At this point, the quickest way to fame for a gay teen is suicide! The media and sites like Perez only go to further this idea. Suicide is a desperate cry for attention (successful or not).
    How about you (perez) focus on gay teens that are alive and doing well in society and show others THAT is the way you should do it rather than publicizing the pathetic, selfish, conceited wastes of human skin that commit suicide.



  3. 3

    Can I just say that maybe it isn't such a good idea to give these suicides media attention. Not because it is not sad that these kids are taking their own lives but because it seems to be turning into some kind of trend or maybe a better word would be statement. These kids have been tormented at school and maybe a part of them killing themselves is to belong to this group of other kids at the moment and they know they'll die as the face of this ’cause' you could call it. There is a reason that some parts will not give media attention to suicide and it's because it can give these depressed people the 'courage' to do what the person on the news did.



  4. 4

    Can you please stop posting news stories about teen suicide
    People don't just get bullied about being homosexual. People don't just commit suicide because they are homosexual. If you intend on posting more stories about teen suicide, why not post a story about every single teen that has killed themselves because of bullying in general.



  5. 5

    STOP SENSATIONALIZING THESE SUICIDES! Notice how after you made it almost a daily thing MORE KIDS HAVE DONE IT. You have turned it into a trend that lands you in the news, and what more would a depressed kid want then for people to notice him. When people commit suicide in a certain place, like a mall, more will come - because it turns into a "suicide hot spot" and people think of that place because they go "well he/she did it there so can i" Well when you keep glorifying these teens after their death, more are going to want the same treatment.

    SHAME ON YOU. This is completely irresponsible. Maybe you should at this to your own list of things you're changing about yourself.



  6. 6

    People kill themselves because they're depressed. Depression is a real disease that can be treated. Mental illness is stigmatized far more than being gay. That's what we should really be spreading awareness about.



  7. 7

    So he's not bullied, there's no one hasseling him because of his sexuality, yet you seem to think there's something about his suicide that smacks of an anti-gay thing?

    Maybe he was just a miserable loser and realized that.



  8. 8

    what about all the others who are bullied that commit suicide?
    i mean i know its sad that they are bullied but making the gay part the focus isnt what we should be doing. we should be advocating for bullying to stop in general.



  9. 9

    I heard something about research that shows that people are influenced to commit suicide by the publicity given to other suicides. It seems that suicides are happening in clusters among those in a variety of segments of the population such as soldiers and vets, teenagers, and young gay men now. I might suggest that you quit reporting all of these teen suicides separately. If you want to call attention to the cause, I'm sure making general statements about the issue is important. I'm just not convinced giving so much publicity and notoriety to each particular case is a good idea. I haven't done much research on it but I just wanted to bring it up in case you wanted to look into it further.



  10. 10

    I lost my Dad to suicide in 2008. My heart hurts for this boy, his family, and the thousands of other men and women (gay or straight) who lose their lives each year to suicide. If you want to help, you can join one of the many "Out of the Darkness" walks held all over the country to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which uses these funds to conduct research and start programs to prevent further loss by suicide. The foundation also works to erase the stigma behind mental illness so that those suffering in pain no longer have to suffer in silence; they can get help.

    Please help! www.outofthedarkness.org



  11. 11

    Ok how is this a suicide born out of being gay ??? News flash Perez suicide is one of the leading causes of death in teens and freshman college students !! Gay kids certainly have a higher suicide rate than their hetro counterparts but not by much. I think leaping to the kid killed himself cuz he is gay for every suicide is doing a large disservice to people who suffer from debilitating mental illness and or depression.



  12. 12

    Gay teens are just killing themselves because it's the "in" thing to do.



  13. 13

    He was such a great guy. Corey was so outgoing and friendly and loved everyone. We met when he got a splinter the size of a pine needle in his finger. I called him a wimp because he was to scared to take it out. After an hour of coaching, he finally removed it. I will never forget him.



  14. 14

    sigh..idk if the whole celebrity video thing is working..idky people in general are commiting suicides lately.. but i can't tell if this has been going on for awhile or your just really paying attention to suicides that are a gay issue..i just can't imagine that this is just something that started this yr.. cause gays have been around for awhile..



  15. 15

    His candle light vigil is tonight at the bear bridge



  16. 16

    Why dont you just say another teen commits suicide? Him being gay may or may not have anything to do with it. He wasnt bullied for being gay so why is this even being reported. Is he the only teen that died yesterday DOUBT IT!



  17. 17

    Oh great…

    Did he commit suicide because he was "gay" or because he was depressed like other suicidal people? Or do we only care because he's GAY?



  18. 18

    Re: PerezTheHypocrite – Post #2 - very well stated. I'd have to agree. If you want to show them that it gets better, post stories about gays that are DOING BETTER. If you show sad shit all the time, how will they know it gets better?



  19. 19

    Re: cloocloocloo – Post #13 - Soooo…..you bullied him? I mean, you called him a whimp. That's not very nice.



  20. 20

    Gosh, this is awful. No one should be made to feel like this is the only answer–EVER. By the way, did you wear purple today?

  21. Dusss says – reply to this


    21

    So he was not bullied…?
    Are you also going to post teen suicides from straight people? Or isn't that important enough?



  22. 22

    So pretty much he didn't kill himself for being gay, yet you are making it seem like it right? Idiot… Stop exploiting kids deaths to further your agenda Mario.



  23. 23

    okay, let me just say this now- I DO feel bad that this boy has commited suicide. But "we wish he'd known he'd had this kind of support behind him, so perhaps he didn't feel so alone and like he needed to end his beautiful, young life" is pushing it. You honestly don't know what his life was like. You yourself said that this wasnt related to bullying. Why don't you make posts about any other teenager who commits suicide? Just because they aren't gay means that they're not important enough to be on your website?



  24. 24

    I was a friend of Coreys. I never thought he was depressed for he always had a big smile on his face, with his unforgettable laugh. His death has affected everyone around town and we are so sad about it. I miss him so much and never thought I'd have to say Goodbye to him. Thank you for posting this, it means a lot.



  25. 25

    Re: AliceV – "Maybe he was just a miserable loser and realized that" You dont know him or his story. Stop assuming what he was or what he could have done wrong. No one deserves to die in such a sad way.



  26. 26

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    Meanwhile….

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    …there was probably twenty, maybe thirty straight teens all across this nation that killed themselves from bullying, for being female, black, Asian, Latino, poor, from messed up homes, too much pressure at school, drugs and alcohol etc etc.

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  27. 27

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    …there was probably twenty, maybe thirty straight teens all across this nation that killed themselves from bullying, for being female, black, Asian, Latino, poor, from messed up homes, too much pressure at school, drugs and alcohol etc etc.

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  28. 28

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    …there was probably twenty, maybe thirty straight teens all across this nation that killed themselves from bullying, for being female, black, Asian, Latino, poor, from messed up homes, too much pressure at school, drugs and alcohol etc etc.

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  29. 29

    Hello, I was a friend of Corey's. It warms my heart to see this on your site- to see that you noticed someone like him.

    To others saying it's bad she posted this, to say people are just looking for attention, to call him a "pathetic, selfish, conceited waste of human skin," you need to stop for a second. For one, you don't even know him. He was a great person. He was the type of person who was able to make /anyone/ smile. Realize that the reason why the suicide rate amongst gay teens is so high because of homophobia. Because our society singles them out, & bashes them to pieces because of who they are. Because they /love/ someone. Bullying in general is nowhere near bullying against the lgbt society. It's just… sad to see these negative comments, to say the least.

    Being gay isn't optional. Hate is.

    Oh, someone is saying they feel bad for a loving, happy, person (friend, inspiration) because he was pushed to the point of suicide? How horrible!

    Your insensitivity does not help. Frankly, it tears me apart even more.

    Gay teens are at four times the risk for suicide for a reason.

    You're only being one of them.

    R.I.P. Corey.

    You will be missed.



  30. 30

    Stop posting these articles?? Some of the comments on here are so ignorant and inconsiderate it sickens me.. God forbid this would happen to one of your friends or family members.. You have your right to your oponion but someones life was lost, have some decency and respect.. I was friends with Corey on FB but I wasn't close to him but the guy I'm dating went to school with him, ran track, and were friends.. I had to comfort him all night while he cried his eyes out :( Thank you Perez for posting this.. I've never been to your site b4 but I respect you for doing this.. My prayers go to his family n friends and hopefully people don't spread any more hate and criticize him or any other person that takes their life and focus on the positive, educate others, spread love, and be positve!! Stop the hate your life will be soo much happier! R.I.P Corey Jackson



  31. 31

    Is this like a fad now? Stupid. And I find it interesting how Perez is suddenly soo against bullying, yet he makes his $$ off of cyber bullying celebs online. Epic Tool.



  32. 32

    There really is a reason suicides have generally gone under-reported by the media in the past… It can often lead to more suicides. Hearing and reading about other people doing it can put the idea in someone's head, or even give those who are contemplating it that one last push to going through with it by thinking "well these people can do it, maybe I can too." So while in a way it's upsetting that these type of tragic events often go by unnoticed, there is a reason.



  33. 33

    omg such a cute boy. this is really sad, and fustrating!



  34. 34

    What are you talking about. Do you know how many teens commit suicide everyday? He wasn't a victim of bullying or anti-gay sentiments. People have commented on this thread about what a great guy he was. He obviously had people who were supportive of him. He is not any more or less important than all of the straight teenagers that choose to end their lives. You are ridiculous.

    And you saying "However…" makes it seem like there is some conspiracy anti-gay coverup when there most likely isn't. Depression is a disease that isn't always dictated by difficulties with your sexual orientation.



  35. 35

    Anyone who thinks gay teens are killing themselves to get famous or because it's the "in" thing to do is a total IDIOT!



  36. 36

    Oh - but i thought making fun of people was cool! SOME people seem to make LOTS of money doing it.

    Wake up, Perez. YOU are a gay hypocrite - YOU make fun of people everyday and actually turned it into a LIVING. Completely low and slimey. Yeah, you've got money - but no soul.

    Defend what you do as any different from bullying. Ugh! Gross.



  37. 37

    Re: sanfranmale – You're right, except he probably doesn't make a lot of money doing it. Haha.



  38. 38

    I agree with PerezTheHypocrite… not a fan of his name.
    But they make a really valid point, I'm starting to feel less and less sorry for people who do this, especially in this case when he wasn't even a victim of bullying…. makes no sense



  39. 39

    If you don't stop reporting these suicides, I am done with this website. I come here a LOT….to catch up on celebrity gossip and point out what an asshole you can be. But I am sick to death of hearing about gay suicides. I truly am sorry for what they are going through but there are thousands of teens committing suicide in this country every day. For you to claim you want gay equality, but then ignore all the other suicides…it just isn't right. And these teens aren't just killing themselves because they are gay and being harassed. I know a lot of gay people who rise above it and think they are fabulous and have wonderful lives. But you seem to stereotype gay teens as these weak pathetic creatures who just can't handle life. Guess what, a LOT of people get bullied for a lot of reasons and don't kill themselves. It is depression and mental illness that is responsible for the majority of suicides. Not being gay.



  40. 40

    all you care about is GAY GAY GAY GAYYYYY ..we fuckin get it.. straight people are doing the same shit every single minute but you just push with you phony gay agenda because you love smokin cock soooo much.. enuff is enuff..uhh perez u need a smack sometimes..



  41. 41

    I'm not too sure I understand why this is being brought to attention out of the plethora of teen suicides. It's tragic, it truly is. However, who are you to say that this kid killed himself because he was having a hard time being accepted because of his sexuality? Your article even states he was not a victim of bullying. What makes him different from any other child who has committed suicide, bullied or not? Just the fact that he was gay? That's just being as narrow minded as the people who bully the gay adolescent community to ends like this.



  42. 42

    Guys, I don't think it's a trend now to kill yourself because the media is reporting it everyday. Suicide is happening everyday among all types of people. The gay suicides are being reported so much right now because the LGBT community is a hot topic right now. Let's not point fingers at media outlets trying to bring awareness. Let's instead point our fingers at all the homophobes in the media and government. There the ones enabling the bullies who are in turn causing teens to turn to suicide.Oh and killing yourself due to depression is just as sad but imagine being gay and being told everyday that you're an "abomination" and your going to hell and that you need to be cured. Watch the Lifetime movie "Prayers for Bobby." You'll get a little bit of insight at how rough it can really be.



  43. 43

    Perez, Corey was my older brother and I was a freshman at OU with him. He would have loved this bc he loved yor site, and what you stood for. My family says thanks…



  44. 44

    I think you should stop reporting this. Maybe if u stop reporting these the incidents will stop happening. Also why don't you ever report about straight people commiting suicide??? straight people get bullied also



  45. 45

    Wow, it's amazing that no straight kids commit suicide, huh Perez?



  46. 46

    Re: AliceVRe: 5hermanRe: 5hermanRe: Lizzie5115Re: AliceVRe: AliceVRe: AliceVRe: AliceV – HE MOST CERTAINLY WAS NOT A LOSER



  47. 47

    Re: kiptere – im sorry but that is a ignorant statement



  48. 48

    I was just looking at some pictures of him.Am straight and am a guy.But he was really attractive…..Am confused why such a handsome guy would do that?



  49. 49

    Re: anonymous31 – People DO get bullied for being gay asshole. Open your eyes.



  50. 50

    Shame… Really and no one is talking about teaching those kids that difference is sexuality exist…. i am sad this make me upset and mad.
    We got to fight for school to be open and teach the world nothing wrong being gay… Be who you wanna be….



  51. 51

    How sad!!! I always wonder if these kids were on prescription meds. It always floors me that people are put on anti-depressants and one of the side effects can be SUICIDAL IDEATION even if the person didn't have it prior to taking the drugs. Doctors don't use drugs as a last resort as they should. Talk therapy and lifestyle changes (diet and exercise) can help most cases of depression but it's not the way the system works. Once you start taking the drugs, they basicaly tell you that you can never stop taking them and there is little to no effort to teach about lifestyle changes or to get off the drugs. My sincerest condolences go to the friends and family of this young man.



  52. 52

    "Another Gay Teen Commits Suicide!"
    -
    Great epitaph Perez. I'm sure that's the way Corey would want to be immortalized on your site. Have you no couth? You even put an exclamation point behind it as if you're SCREAMING it to the world. Way to go Perez, totally insensitive. I know you've got a brain in that huge head of yours. Why don't you use it for a change.



  53. 53

    Corey was my cousin and he lived with me since I was eight years old so as far as I'm concerned he's really my brother. I wanted to say thankyou Perez for posting this. We all appreciate it. I think he would have liked like being on here.

    I love you Corey



  54. 54

    Nothing gets that bad where you have to kill yourself,period Plenty of people are dealing with so much more hell, being homeless or not being able to eat. Anyway R.I.P. And why would he kill himself when he was not even bullied? probably wanted to be in the new maybe?



  55. 55

    Thanks for posting this, Mario. Unlike some of the ignorant assholes on here, I do believe that gay teen suicides are an issue which needs to have more attention brought to it, because otherwise it's just going to keep happening.

    Re: AliceV – It seems as if when someone calls another a "miserable loser", that person has issues of their own. You'd do well to take a look at your own life, sparky.



  56. 56

    It's surprising how people don't realize that though a person may have friends, they can still be given a hard time because they're gay.

    It's also /still/ surprising to see how rude people are being towards this when they know friends & family members are reading through it.

    It just makes me wonder what these people would think if someone close to them died.



  57. 57

    Re: AliceV – maybe your a neanderthal that is blatantly ignorant and nothing useful comes out of your mouth. so before you talk about someone that was clearly loved(200+ at his memorial) think about how you would feel if i said that about someone that died that was close to you, and how many people that were hurt by reading what you posted.



  58. 58

    Perez, why do you always report on gay youth committing suicide? honestly it is kind of hurtful. gay youth are not the only people committing suicide, if your going to report on that why not report on all the other people who commit suicide. Gay youth is not the only trending types of people to commit such a hurtful thing. ive had a family member commit suicide why not report on him? its just hurtful and suicide is not only specific to gay people.



  59. 59

    I used to work at the high school he went to and would see him almost daily. He was a very nice kid. Nobody in any circumstance should ever feel suicide is their only way out. I've had friends commit suicide way back when I went to school (yes, wayyy back) and no matter why they did it, it still hurts. R.I.P. Corey and I'm praying for his family and friends.



  60. 60

    Corey was a very good friend of mine. We first met at freshmen orientation, and when we started school as scared little freshmen we had one another back. He was always happy and smiling, and was apart of so many organizations on campus. As his friend i can help but feel bad that my friend was in such pain. I love him and hope his family can get through these tough times. Corey Jackson, all of your friends here at Oakland love and miss you! Thanks Perez for the well wishes!