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This issue still clearly needs our attention, as a country, more than ever!

18-year-old Minnesota teenager Lance Lundsten commit suicide over the weekend, having said to be openly gay and the victim of relentless bullying by his peers at Jefferson High School.

Authorities responded to an emergency call at Lundsten's house last night, where the teen was discovered. He was transported to a local hospital, and pronounced dead later on that evening.

Unbelievably heartbreaking - especially from someone so close to graduating high school. Our thoughts our with Lance's family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.

No more senseless deaths! It's so important that we try and be more positive in all aspects of our life - ESPECIALLY in how we relate to others!

Love is louder!!

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133 comments to “Another Gay Teen Commits Suicide”

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  1. 1

    oh come on perez..get over it, people commit suicide EVERY DAY.. the only time you report about stuff like that is when some gay kid is involved. you're still a BULLY in sheep clothing..just look at your post from yesterday where you openly dissed a woman for getting fangs. what would you do if she commited suicide because of your remarks????
    just shut up about all those off topics already, this is a site for celebrity gossip. you're no mother theresa!



  2. 2

    Suicide is a choice. He chose to die, just like he chose to be gay.



  3. 3

    The truly sad part is that you wouldn't have cared enough to post about this if he wasn't gay.



  4. 4

    Oh my goodness… this was my high school!!! So disappointing!! My heart goes out to this boy and his family… can't ever imagine burying my beautiful son over his sadistic peers. Absolute nonsense!



  5. 5

    meh



  6. 6

    Perez- You might be instigating copy cats by continuing to write about these gay teen suicides. I know you think it's helping by talking about it, but there might also be consequences to writing about specific details of these stories.



  7. 7

    Re: icefire227 – You don't choose to be gay.



  8. 8

    Re: xcalibur – Being gay isn't a choice dumbass.



  9. 9

    The people who comment on these posts truly disgust me. You read a story about a young boy taking his own life and all you comment on is the fact that Perez sticks up for gay people. Hell yeah he sticks up for them! So fucking what? It's not that big of a deal if someone chooses to support ONE group or ALL groups! Perez should be thanked for giving attention to a serious issue in our society, not reprimanded for feeling a connection with these poor kids. Shame on all of you for focusing on the little details instead of the big picture. Kids and teenagers are losing their lives every day due to constant bullying. If that doesn't horrify you, then you, in fact, horrify ME.



  10. 10

    Um to all you bitches who wanna talk shit..
    I went to school with this boy. This is a tragedy not something to bash. People bullied him because he was gay. You all need to grow up and take this seriously. He didn't have to die and yes he had the choice but its because of people like you why he did. Grow and take this shit seriously.



  11. 11

    Good, He's already "weak minded" in the sense he has bad genetics (homosexuality).

    Millions of people die everyday.
    Thousands of bully victims kill themselves every day.

    So, Does "gay" bully victims need "our" attention? or does "bully victims" need our attention. Because the way you're sounding it sounds as if only gay people need the attention.

    Gays are a very small minority making up less than 8% of the US population. You guys have had ENOUGH fucking attention to begin with.



  12. 12

    I agree with the notion that you wouldn't care about suicides unless it involved gays. I also happen to believe that if someone kills themself over being "bullied", they were mentally ill to begin with and weren't very far off from ending it all anyway. People make the choice to kill themselves like addicts choose to deal with their problems with drug use and alcohol. This was just another form of escape for someone with emtional and mental issues. No one can be blamed for someone taking their own life - that's why it isn't called murder. It wasn't due to bullying - everyone of any orientation, race, religion, etc. deals with that on some level. This was simply the result of someone battling their own inner demons. And he lost. I wonder if he was getting counseling for his issues and problems with these bullies? I would be inclined to think he wasn't - and that no one who loved him cared enough to advise that step. Maybe the ones around him who loved him - and failed to truly help him - are to blame here.



  13. 13

    Could you have any more typos? I would think that a serious issue like this deserves an article with words spelt correctly. Lance Lundsten commit suicide..don't you mean COMMITTED? Our thoughts our with? You mean our thoughts ARE with? wow.



  14. 14

    Re: icefire227 – being gay is not a choice, people are born that way. you're right, suicide was his choice, but it sucks that he was teased and bullied so much that he felt that was his only choice.
    and seriously everybody, no matter why perez posted this, try to be more sensitive!



  15. 15

    Love IS Louder. Do not let them take anything from you. Not your dignity, not your rights and not your life. The counselors should promote their availability to the students at each school. Do you think the counselors know how to deal well enough with this issue?

  16. katyy says – reply to this


    16

    Re: icefire227 – when did you CHOOSE to be straight?



  17. 17

    this guy was my friend
    stop saying bad shit about him



  18. 18

    People like you pushing the gay agenda is creating backlash. This leads to more bullying. You need to take responsibility for your part in this, Mario.



  19. 19

    Thats really sad. I truly feel for the ppl who kill themselves because of fucking society. Doesn't matter gay, straight, fat, skinny we ALL get tortured everyday and it sucks its harder on some than others. RIP to this man. These comments are disgusting I want to kill myself knowing fuckers like yall exists!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. katyy says – reply to this


    20

    So what if he is gay? Does that make his death any more tragic? the fact the child are nasty if what needs to change. Parents need to step in. Administration needs to step in. And suicide is barely ever a choice. Have you ever felt suicidal? I'm guessing not becasue if you have you'd understand how you can't think straight and the only way to make the spinning stop is to kill yourself. and being gay is not a choice. When did you choose to be straight? Exactly. GTFO.



  21. 21

    Re: icefire227

    2/10

    Trolling requires subtlety.



  22. 22

    SOOOO SAD!!!! :(



  23. 23

    Re: PinUpModel – You are so ignorant!



  24. 24

    Its almost like some people can't help but bully even if they announce to the world they plan to stop



  25. 25

    This is truly sad but Perez have you and the other media ever considered that by posting their story and picture, you may unknowingly be contrubuting to more suicides? There maybe some gay kids out there who are so distraught that instead of getting help they may think that suicide would get them the attention they need. Just saying and you may want to think about it. Why not post pictures of the bullies instead.



  26. 26

    I knew Lance, he was one of the nicest people i have ever met. The people at our school can be very cruel and i hope that they are ashamed for what they said!



  27. 27

    Lots of teenagers who aren't gay commit suicide due to bullying, Mario. Although this case is tragic, you are actually making less of this by ONLY concentrating on homosexual victims.



  28. 28

    I really wish I could help with this and make a difference.
    Does anyone else see the cut on his wrist?
    It looks kinda self inflicted….
    he was such a beautiful young kid.
    so sad.



  29. 29

    Furthermore, Mario, you have no right to be discussing ANY sort of bullying. You are one of the WORST bullies in the history of the world.



  30. 30

    Re: icefire227 – RIGHT. Because we all CHOSE this life where we're endlessly ridiculed and outcast. We all CHOSE to live this lie where we don't have the same rights.

    You're saying that Lance Lundsten CHOSE his orientation, an orientation that people so foolishly look down upon? PEOPLE ARE DRIVEN TO SUICIDE. They don't choose to do so on their own. SUICIDE IS BECAUSE OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT. Those heartless, dumbass teens at his high school made him feel terrible, AND THEY DROVE HIM TO KILL HIMSELF.

    No one would willingly choose a lifestyle that comes with so much ridicule and heartbreak.



  31. 31

    What a shame. Such a beautiful warm smile. He probably had so much to contribute to the world. It's a travesty that he felt so terrible and thought things would never get better. Hugs to his family.

  32. Aozzy says – reply to this


    32

    wow some of you are just sad really. bullying period is a problem and its pretty obvious the only reason why he was harassed was because he was gay. And yes there are tons of other kids who get bullied for nothing to do with homosexuality, bottom line is bullying anyone for any reason is a problem. And THE FLAMINGO the bull shit about Lance having mental issues because he commited suicide is crap, its called mental abuse and i would say the ones with serious mental problems and issues were the ones bullying. And to nookiesWA id say you're the weak minded one since your mind is so f***ing narrow you would probably be the first one to conform to some stupid bull shit that came along



  33. 33

    look at his right arm. you're doing it wrong.



  34. 34

    Heartbraking, truly. Perez you know what you are doing by posting a picture and martyring these teens though….who is the REAL bully?



  35. 35

    I know that there are times when Perez' agenda with the whole gay thing can get really annoying, especially on the occasions where he tries to make an issue out of nothing, but to post such venom on a story about a man who now lies dead is really just sick. Some of the things I'm reading here are disgusting, I would love to see if these people would have the guts to say these things if their real identities were known. I understand that it can be frustrating that Perez only seems to care about issues involving gays, but save the vitriol for his other posts, not this one. Some of you think that gays are disgusting simply because they're gay, well the hate coming from your mouths (or fingers in this case) is far, far worse than anything you could accuse gays of being. I'm sick of Perez and his agenda, but have no problem with LGBT folk (most of em hate Perez too).
    This young man didn't need to die, I only wish he could have known that a great many of us would have no problem being his friend and helping him out with any issues. Unfortunately all he saw was the vicious and ugly minority.
    R.I.P. to Lance and my thoughts are with his family and friends.

  36. Megz3 says – reply to this


    36

    Re: ohwellyeah – I agree with you totally. Well said!

  37. Megz3 says – reply to this


    37

    You people amaze me! The hate in this world is just so ridiculous!!



  38. 38

    It's sad that a celeb gossiper is writing about this. Who cares if he was gay? Let his family deal with the pain of their loss and stop spreading the rumors of him being bullied. It's honestly disgusting that EVERYONE is trying to make this about them. This generation is repulsive. Let this family grieve, and go back to you damn "celebrity gossip" and leave the normal people alone.



  39. 39

    Oh and being gay is not a choice, people just like to convince themselves of that so they can act like gays bring the hate onto themselves and feel like they have an excuse for saying such ugly things. I think it comes from the religious types, they convince themselves that it is a choice so they can blame it on 'Satan' because if it wasn't a choice and people really are born that way then, according to their own beliefs, homosexuality has to come from God. So that's why its a choice according to some, so they can try to justify their hate by convincing themselves it is Gods will.
    Even if it is a choice, which it isn't, you people are here making your own choices too. In this case it is the choice to say reprehensible things that show your true nature as evil humans with no compassion.



  40. 40

    some of you who are commenting about how it was his fault that he was gay and how people die everyday, need to grow a heart. yes people die everyday. but the point of lance's story is that HE KILLED HIMSELF DUE TO DICKHEAD BULLIES. does that not just make everyones stomach turn? i am a student at jefferson, and it makes me sick to know that this happened in my high school and that i didnt know how much pain lance was feeling. his death could of been prevented. i wish that i was friends with lance so i could of talked to him and healed his pain. so all of you with negative comment..i hope you rot in hell.



  41. 41

    holyyyy f this seriously makes me sick to my stomach you guys are discusting, yeah perez is probably just an idiot but WHO CARES like to focus on ONE THING (bullying due to homosexuality) is better than NOTHING and bringing ATTENTION to this is a GOOD THING. like someone above me said soo much hate in this world, i have never commented on anything on this site in my life but reading these comments just makes me sick shut the fuck up, he's bringing awareness. read these stories and realize what is going on like until you have a friend tell you "i want to kill myself because everyone calls me a flamer" then you have no idea how much it hurts humans. you're a bunch of morons get off the internet, you're the ones who need councilling for being a bunch of hateful people



  42. 42

    Re: jfdksljfd – No offense, dude, but if you knew the guy, saw him being bullied, and did nothing to counsel him or help - then what does that make you? You can't play shoulda woulda coulda when you were in a position to actually help him out.



  43. 43

    To nearly everybody leaving a negative comment on this thing, you are ignorant. You are narrow minded, you are the reason things like this happen, and YOU. MAKE. ME. SICK.

    This boy did not choose to be gay. This boy did not choose to be bullied. He chose to be gay the same day the rest of you chose to be straight.

    Last time I checked, this was Perez Hilton's blog. HIS blog, not yours. If you have a problem with what he posts, quit reading. He may post things that are important to him, and last time I checked, Gay Rights was one of them.

    The people who knew and loved Lance are hurting, and this was meant to reach out a warm thought and a helping hand to those going through a hard time. Yet in the wake of the death of this young boy, you continue to spew your hatred, your ignorance, and your insults.

    Your children will grow up to the bullies that you have grown up to be. HATE is NOT a family value.

    You make me sick. You should be ashamed of yourselves.



  44. 44

    It looks like he might have been cutting:o there is a scar on his arm. Such a shame, he's cute.



  45. 45

    Re: David Chavez – Yes. You do.

    I never said the gays were an intelligent bunch



  46. 46

    Re: icefire227 – I have a sneaking suspicion you're not joking…



  47. 47

    Re: MyNameIsDita

    You go do that. Have fun.



  48. 48

    Re: BeeLahhve

    So, people don't commit suicide every day? Perez isn't a bully? This isn't a celebrity gossip site? What about that comment is "ignorant" or misinformed?



  49. 49

    Regardless of whether or not the kid was gay, we should be posting stories like this all over the place. We need to be open about social stigmas. We need to show people that bullying isn't okay and that there is help if you're a victim of a bully. It's important also to advocate against suicide altogether. There is an incredibly small number of copycat suicides… In fact, most suicides aren't committed because "so-and-so did it so I think I should do it, too…" We need to show people that there are ways of getting help and support.



  50. 50

    Perez, I think it is a truly wonderful effort on your behalf that you stand up for the gay community and for those who are bullied. For all of those people who say things like, "get over it," or, "people choose to be gay," I feel sorry for your ignorance. Empirical research shows that the brains of deceased gay men are similar in size to women's brains. On a personal note, when you fall in love with or a person or you feel an attraction to someone, can you explain it? Do you wake up in the morning and say to yourself, "I think I will develop a crush on Jessica today?" Honestly, no. You don't choose who you like and most of the time you can't explain why you like a person. It's a feeling you have. The majority of the time feelings can't be explained in words. Additionally, when someone is bullied to the point that they feel the need to take his or her own life, there is something wrong. If only more people understood the notion of empathy. Then maybe our country could at least recognize that people are different and things happen in life that we can't necessarily explain. If only bullies could man up and focus on themselves instead of picking on others for reasons I can't explain, then the world could be a more peaceful place.



  51. 51

    That anyone gay or straight would commit suicide is beyond sad, my question is how many celebrities after being trashed by perez have come close to doing the same? Just a thought….



  52. 52

    yes it is sad that he chose to take his life. i feel for the family. on the other hand, what happened to sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Its sooooo easy nowadays to say ur gay. If thats the life style u chose han be proud and don care wat ppl think of you. I dont think its a separate and more important subject wen it comes to bullying. ppl are bullited everyday, thats life. its gonna happened. ppl are bullied for being fat, too skinny, light, dark, short hair,long hair, black, white etc, freckles, bumps, birthmarks, etc. come on ppl, treat one about the power in loving ur self no matter who likes or dislike you and this type of thing will cease.



  53. 53

    Re: brittneyann.

    It shouldn't be an issue what he was bullied about. Would it have been better if he was bullied because he was black or jewish? Yes it's a tragedy that he killed himself but the issue is that he was bullied, not that he was bullied because he was gay. Specifically mentioning that it was due to his being gay only serves to further an agenda and nothing else.



  54. 54

    yes it is sad that he chose to take his life. i feel for the family. on the other hand, what happened to sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Its sooooo easy nowadays to say ur gay. If thats the life style u chose han be proud and don care wat ppl think of you. I dont think its a separate and more important subject wen it comes to bullying. ppl are bullited everyday, thats life. its gonna happened. ppl are bullied for being fat, too skinny, light, dark, short hair,long hair, black, white etc, freckles, bumps, birthmarks, etc. come on ppl, teach one about the power in loving ur self no matter who likes or dislike you and this type of thing will cease.



  55. 55

    Totally needs our support, Fuck the straight teens who are committing suicide, we need Captain save a gay!

    You do know there is more to life than being gay right?



  56. 56

    Because straight kids aren't tortured to the point where they commit suicide too… :\



  57. 57

    Re: Mario_Sucks.com – im not saying i saw the bullying. i had no idea what he was going thro. no one really did. and i wish that i would of knew so i could of helped lance.



  58. 58

    Re: MelissaGirl – A straight girl I went to high school with killed herself because she was relentlessly bullied. Not a word from Mario on that one. Just saying.

    Mario does his cause more harm than good. He should shut his effing mouth.



  59. 59

    Re: jfdksljfd – Then sorry for pointing fingers at you. My point is that bullying needs to be stopped. Period.

    The fact that this idiot, Mario - who has made a career out of bullying people - only chooses to highlight gay victims… is just disgusting. At best, he's a prick who should not have this soapbox - and at worst, he's a lying hypocrite who is making the situation worse.



  60. 60

    Re: iNubMonster – NOT LEARNING HOW TO READ PROPERLY AND GETTING HELP FOR YOUR DYSLEXIA IS A CHOICE, FUCKTARD!! NEXT…



  61. 61

    I just can't believe that we deal with petty-ass teens these days, with all the shit they all get into . . .



  62. 62

    Re: Scatter
    I'm not meaning to say he was just bullied because he was gay. he was bullied for being different in general. it just makes me angry that people can bash this issue. a good kid took his life because of heartless assholes. it didn't have to end this way for him but because terrible people like the ones posting such negative comments on this article, he did.



  63. 63

    Sound like gay teen suicides are wayyyy more important to you that other teen suicides. There are plenty of kids that kill themselves because they are picked on, not just the gay ones! It's as if you care more about socially-unaccepted gays suicides than you would care about a kid who killed himself ’cause his parents abused him or something! And another thing, what's with all of these charities to "stop gay suicides?" How is giving money gonna stop it?? What, are they gonna go to the kid's high school and hand him a box of tissues and a copy of Playgirl so he feels better??



  64. 64

    Re: icefire227 – jeeeze, u must be one of those dumb ass born again christians. i cant believe there are still idiots out there that think u actually CHOOSE to be anything that is still , for the most part, socially unexcepted. what year do u think its? 1920?



  65. 65

    Perez might be inspiring more than just gays to commit suicide with this post- look at this attractive kid. If there's no hope for him, there's sure as hell no hope for the rest of us!! Some young boy could read this and think "WOW, if this handsome young man got bullied, than I may as well end it now, too."



  66. 66

    This is called "PEREZHILTON.COM" If you don't like that he chooses to raise awareness for number of gay teens committing suicide, then find another blog.I feel like most of you hillbillies are from Bumblefuck, Nowhere. Get a fucking clue. Have a little respect for the life of this young man, and the pain that his family must feel. He is the victim of bullying. Shame on you for scrutinizing someone even in death. It is a very brave and courageous thing to not only accept that you are different, but to then share that with the world. Coming out as a gay man in high school must not be easy, and people get bullied everywhere regardless of their stature in life, but being a gay teen must amplify the bullying tenfold. If you are not offering comments of support and condolence, then your comment is inappropriate. People don't choose to be gay, but obviously some of you have chosen to be ignorant assholes in life. My thoughts go out to his family. R.I.P Lance



  67. 67

    Re: NookiesWA – 8% that are OPENLY GAY dumbass…figure will be a lot higher if it wasn't for bitches like you and closet cases Re: icefire227 – suicide CAN be considered a choice, but being gay IS NOT A CHOICE RETARD



  68. 68

    BTW RIP lance…hope you haunt them selfish bullying cowards and make their lives miserable too..karma will get them anyways



  69. 69

    Re: NookiesWA – Really? 8%? And how'd you managed to come up with that figure, dumbass? Was it a question on the census? And to think 20 years ago they were saying only 2%!

    Homosexuals are all around you, bitch.. You probably won't know unless they slapped you in your face. Homosexuality crosses ALL races, religions and nationalities. But I guess it's just easier and more comforting for you to believe it's only 8%. I guess it's true, ignorance really is bless. Well, enjoy your ignorance, bitch.



  70. 70

    Re: icefire227 – You're not fooling anyone, icefire. Anyone that is confident and comfortable with their own sexuality doesn't make comments like yours. You're obviously a sexually confused person, at the very least. But I'm willing to bet you're just a flat out angry closed gay person yourself. It's okay.. "You're a Homo.. Just come out!". ^_^



  71. 71

    I DO NOT RECOMMEND USING DRUGS AS A COPING MECHANISM,IT TOOK ME ANOTHER 22 YEARS TO FINALLY MOVE ON FROM ALL OF THAT. TODAY YOU HAVE SO MANY MORE RESOURCES, THE INTERNET, HELP LINES ETC. USE THESE TOOLS TO GET THROUGH, IT IS SO FUCKING WORTH IT!
    I left P.A with 1 trunk of cloths and 30 dollars in my pocket and a 1 way plane ticket which i earned by being allowed to be locked into an electrical appliance repair shop each night and do the cleaning up after my mom threw me out of the house.
    To make a long story short, I ended up becoming the personal ,private hairdresser to none other than SIR ELTON JOHN form 1992 until 1997. I spent those years flying in private jets , riding in limos eating at the same table as people like Gianni Vesace and working with some of the times top photographer and meeting top models singers even getting to see Princess Diana in the flesh, although it was only through a window when she came to see Elton at Wembley stadium. I fell in love and moved to Paris , France where I lived for 14 years, I've climbed MT Fuji in Japan and its easier to name the places I havnt been than to name all the places i've been blessed to visit. I even ate Caviar in the fucking Kremlin In Moscow!!
    I



  72. 72

    I am starting my life over, AGAIN, in Los Angeles. I have done everything from working on celebrities to running a salon in a home for Alzheimer patients.
    All of this LIFE, because I DIDNT kill myself. OR ANY OF THE GUYS WHO MADE MY LIFE HELL FOR THAT MATTER, ALTHOUGH THE THOUGHT CROSSED MY MIND MORE THAN ONCE!ACTUALLY, I THOUGHT MORE ABOUT KILLING THEM THAN I EVER THOUGH OF KILLING MY SELF SOMETHING WHICH I ALSO DO NOT RECOMMEND! WHATS THE USE OF LIVING AND SPENDING YOUR LIFE IN JAIL?
    AND, WHAT ABOUT THOSE FUCKHEADS WHO TORTURED MY 3 YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL? WELL, I WENT TO MY 25TH REUNION. NOT ONE OF THEM WAS THERE. 2 WERE DEAD FROM DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS AND THE OTHERS JUST FADED OFF INTO OBSCURITY. IMAGINE WHAT A WASTE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HAD I TAKEN MY OWN LIFE!
    I



  73. 73

    !
    IF YOU READ THIS ALL THE WAY THROUGH AND ARE OR KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO IS SUFFERING BULLYING OR ANY OTHER KIND OF ABUSE PLEASE COPY AND PRINT THIS FOR THEM.
    IM NOT SAYING LIFE IS GOING TO BE A BOWL OF CHERRIES AND THAT IT WILL ALWAYS BE EASY, BUT IT WILL BE WORTH IT TO STAY ALIVE , DONT WASTE YEARS OF YOUR LIFE WITH DRUGS AND DRINKING, IT ONLY TAKES YOU TO PLACES YOU BE BETTER OFF AVOIDING.
    PLEASE , REACH OUT FOR HELP. ITS OUT THERE YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
    I AM SIGNING THIS WITH MY REAL NAME SO THAT ANYONE WHO WISHES TO CAN VERIFY MY STORY. GOD BLEES YOU AND GIVE YOU HOPE AND COURAGE AND STRENGTH! MY NAME IS RON FRETZ, AND I AM PROUD TO BE A 46 YEAR OLD GAY MAN LIVING AND PROSPERING WITH HIV, A HAIRDRESSER AND A SURVIVOR!
    IF YOU DONT LIKE TOO FUCKING BAD, GET A LIFE, AND LEARN THAT MAKING OTHERS FEEL BEAD SO THA TYOU CAN FEL BETTER NEVER REALLY WORKS IT JUST COMES BACK TO BITE YOU IN THE ASS ONE DAY!!



  74. 74

    LAST SEGMENT DONT KNOW WHY BUT THIS MESSAGE GOT MIXED UP IN THE POSTING!
    IF YOU READ THIS ALL THE WAY THROUGH AND ARE OR KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO IS SUFFERING BULLYING OR ANY OTHER KIND OF ABUSE PLEASE COPY AND PRINT THIS FOR THEM.
    IM NOT SAYING LIFE IS GOING TO BE A BOWL OF CHERRIES AND THAT IT WILL ALWAYS BE EASY, BUT IT WILL BE WORTH IT TO STAY ALIVE , DONT WASTE YEARS OF YOUR LIFE WITH DRUGS AND DRINKING, IT ONLY TAKES YOU TO PLACES YOU BE BETTER OFF AVOIDING.
    PLEASE , REACH OUT FOR HELP. ITS OUT THERE YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
    I AM SIGNING THIS WITH MY REAL NAME SO THAT ANYONE WHO WISHES TO CAN VERIFY MY STORY. GOD BLEES YOU AND GIVE YOU HOPE AND COURAGE AND STRENGTH! MY NAME IS RON FRETZ, AND I AM PROUD TO BE A 46 YEAR OLD GAY MAN LIVING AND PROSPERING WITH HIV, A HAIRDRESSER AND A SURVIVOR!
    IF YOU DONT LIKE TOO FUCKING BAD, GET A LIFE, AND LEARN THAT MAKING OTHERS FEEL BEAD SO THA TYOU CAN FEL BETTER NEVER REALLY WORKS IT JUST COMES BACK TO BITE YOU IN THE ASS ONE DAY!!



  75. 75

    fuckin kids are so mean. but really - there is an issue with people viewing life as something to end instead of work through!!!!!!!!!!

    PS - i don't think it is enough for some celebs to give a couple of sentences out. it starts by people not being fucking assholes and accepting differences and not bullying. which is not something i can see here in the comments, even if perez has acted like a bully - none of you have a right to behave with such hate!!!

    there is too much of it in the world. anyone who hates might well have been participants in the holocaust. don't deny it. and just wait - someday the hate may turn on you and you'll all be crying that life is not fair and people are so mean. life is not about fear and hate it is about LIVING AND LOVING AND PROGRESSING.



  76. 76

    suicide is a choice no matter your sexuallity-but making gay teen suicide a really big issuse is making gay teen suicie easier than getting help. If these gay teens were not splashed all over the media-maybe they wouldn't think if they committed suicide everyone will start loving gay plp.
    If you have suicidal thoughts whether you're straight,gay or bullied-you need to talk to someone. How are we to know this young man didn't do this because he
    was depressed and didn't know how to deal with his sexuallity?



  77. 77

    Re: namtat – thank you for this. my uncle was HIV+ and found love in his 40's with another HIV+ hairdresser. i loved them both dearly and know what they both had to live through. what kind, kind words you have written. i wish you all the best in love and happiness.

  78. rsvp says – reply to this


    78

    This is a tragedy. An adorable, young man committed suicide. He was bullied. For all of those reprehensible posts on here, all I've got to say is your attitude is the classic bullying mentality that's led to this and so many other suicides (straight and gay). So reevaluate your mindset because whatever you send out there comes back tenfold.



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    oh boo hoo…life is tough, people are gonna talk shit and put you down & if you cant deal with than oh well, Suicide is the cowardly & selfish thing to do,I dont know why you insist on constantly reporting on these gay suicides, they couldnt take shit & took the easy way out…I dont think that should be glamorized in anyway. & ps bullying is a part of high school, 20 years ago you never heard of so called " nerdy" people killing themselves just cause they got teased.



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    Why are you just focusing on gay suicides. There are a lot of suicides EACH DAY!!! Also, I'm sick and tired of you using perezhilton as the platform to post gay articles. Can't you start another website and post all your gay articles and photos there. I come here to read about celebrities!!!



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    Gays committing suicide shouldn't surprise anyone, they're doing satan's work by living a life opposite of what GOD the creator intended, also sodomy is a major part of satanic rituals and sex magick, so then how could any gay think they could live a life that mirrors a satanist and not leave a door open to demons that can influence them enough to kill themselves? no true Christian would ever commit suicide or even contemplate it, because in Christianity there is no such thing as HOPE, there is just faith.



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    Re: KDIZZLL – And that has to be the most ignorant thing I've seen posted on this thread. You have no right to call yourself a christian if that's the way you look at things.

    The issue here is not being gay, but being bullied. The old saying of "sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me" is bullshit. Bones mend. Minds often don't. Words do hurt and have a lot of power. Any campaign should be directed at bullying as a whole, not just to gay people.



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    tragic.. even more tragic is the fact you are using the word commit…. sounds like a crime… just another way to had stigma to this young man's life… shall we try died by suicide or completed suicide instead?



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    Re: AussieJ – Name any period in time where human beings haven't faced adversity? its still survival of the fittest my friend,whether physically or mentally, the rules never changed.



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    Report about EVERY teen that commits suicide. They ALL deserve attention, not just the gay ones. Bullying - as you should well know, being a bully yourself - doesn't discriminate.



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    Straight people commit suicide everyday Perez. But you don't give a fuck about them it seems. Why did it take a handful of gay suicides to even bother to be aware? Seriously–you're an asshole. You only care about your causes and no one elses. That's very hypocritical.



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    Re: PinUpModelRe: icefire227Re: xcaliburRe: Scatter – you people are all completely insane. People have their own demons and choose they can't stand it anymore. These are youths who don't know any better, and are being tormented to the point that they would rather not be alive at all then to suffer through what people like you put them through. I'm embarrassed for you and you should be ashamed.



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    Re: KDIZZLL – What the hell is the point in saying the 'it's against God's will' shit? Most gays don't believe in God, dumbass.



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    Re: bam_211@hotmail.com – I don't think that many people here on this forum have anything negative to say about this kid personally. The problem that many of us have is that Mario only seems to care when gay kids kill themselves.



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    Re: rsvp – It would have been better had he not been cute?



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    Wow i guess not having to post your real name makes people brave . I can not believe the amount of cruelty spewed fom peoples mouth . Perez Hilton focuses on the gay killings because he can relate to them . If you feel strongly about straight people killing themselves do something about it , dont waste time bitching about how he is doing it . At least he is doing something . Its nuts , if people want to save animals they get bitched at for not saving babies and vice versa . This young man was a human being . His life was ended because he felt so lost . I pray none of you ever feel that way . My heart goes out to his friends and family . Check out the Trevor project and It Gets Better movement . You dont choose to be gay anymore then you choose to be straight , male , female ect .



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    And one more thing ..Even if you did choose to be gay ( BUT YA DONT ) what would that change ? It would give people the right to torment them because of a choice ? Why do people feel the need to care about who LOVES who ?



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    wow.. I don't even know what to say. After reading many of the comments below, it made me realize how many close minded people are still out there. I am lucky to live in such a culturally diverse city such as New York. Suicide, depression, and bullying are serious matters in general PERIOD!



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    such a tragedy :**(. What can I do to help??



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    visit itgetsbetter.org , The Trevor Project as well . These are both amazing movements that need attention .



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    Gay or not, someone choosing to quit life is a sad event! Some comments here are too cruel. If only you put the same kind of effort in helping someone we might not have to read messages like these.
    He looks like a handsome, nice young man with a lovely future ahead of him. Such a same!



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    Please - NO more suicides!
    Lance was eighteen - his life was just about to get better at college or in the workforce whichever he would have choosen.
    You are not evil as some so called God fearing people would tell you.
    I have been where you are - it gets better - much better & wonderful!
    There are 800 numbers you can call & talk to someone who get's it.



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    Re: brittneyann. – Sorry, but we didn't go to school with him, you did. So, in fact, it is because of people like YOU that he did this.



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    Need to change the title of this post…. If you click the link you provided you'll see that at the bottom it was updated with his cause of death — "Lance’s father called KSAX and said he received a call from the coroner saying Lance had an enlarged heart and died of a coronary edema. He said it was not a suicide.

    He also said there were no signs of drugs or alcohol in his system, but the toxicology report has not been finished according the medical examiner’s office. The medical examiner’s office also said they had no comment about the phone call to Lance’s father."



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    Ignorance is bliss , there are still uneducated people who think that people wake up one day and decide to be gay. Why are these people not being educated? They seem able to read and write so why can't they read and find out the truth, GAYS are born that way, the creator you all believe so much in made an error in their genetics, remember HE makes all people. Perez does not only talk about suicide when it is about gays, he has mentioned other kids who have been bullied by morons who have parents like those that believe being gay is a choice. Parents of bullies need to go to jail right along with the morons that they raised. People who believe that gays chose to be gay need to be forced back into school for an education. Bullies weho drive people to such desperation as to kill themselves need to be tried for murder and sent to prison.

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