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19-Year-Old It Gets Better Filmmaker EricJames Borges Commits Suicide

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This is devastating.

One month after releasing an incredibly disturbing, touching, and inspiring It Gets Better video (above), 19-year-old filmmaker EricJames Borges took his own life.

EricJames was an extremely vocal supporter of the LGBT community, who interned at The Trevor Project, and he told the world his very sad story to prove that it does get better.

Here's what The Trevor Project's Communications Director Laura McGinnis had to say about this tragedy:

"We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic death of EricJames Borges, and our hearts go out to his family and friends, and his community."

"EricJames was a dedicated, trained volunteer. Our main concern right now is that those affected by his death feel supported and can get the care they need."

And here is the final message that EricJames imparted to the world in his It Gets Better video:

"You have an entire life fit to burst with opportunities ahead of you. Don't ever give up, and don't ever for one second think that you're not a valuable and beautiful contribution to this world."

This must end now! We CANNOT keep losing such wonderful, valuable people to all the hate in the world.

Rest in Peace, EricJames.

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43 comments to “19-Year-Old It Gets Better Filmmaker EricJames Borges Commits Suicide”

  1. 1

    The pain he's feeling is very visible. He didn't believe it could get better. Smh he had no one. I hope his parents collaped on the floor crying and begging for forgiveness.

  2. 2

    God this is truly sad news…the bullying must, must stop now. And parents must be understanding. I pray for his soul that he may finally find the peace that eluded him in life…and may his words please, please save others who may be thinking as he did.

    It must get better…it has to get better. Please let it get better. Please let there be love in this world for all its beings.

  3. 3

    I guess it didn't get better.

  4. 4

    Poor sad young man. My God, when is this going to stop? I hope he finds the peace in death he could not find here.

  5. 5

    it is just so wrong that this is going on..my son is 9, he is a handsome, very smart little boy who when in public school was very popular. I moved him to a semi private school where he is now an outsider, he has been there 2 years and not one birthday party invite. Oh he does get an idea he will be invited when the birthday kid tells my son to go home and wait for a call that of course does not come. My son isn't gay and the other day was the first time he told me that "school is 50 percent social and he doesn't have any friends." I am just saying that no matter what sexual preference; bullying and ostricizing kids is alive and well. The school doesn't want to lose my son, he has very high marks and they need kids like him to show the school board that they have a very high rate of extraordinary kids. My son has not cried, but I am sure that this is eating at him, he has kept his head high and he defends himself but he must be hurting. My oldest son is 27 and he was also picked on and bullied but he too did not let these kids change who god made. He went on to become on of the most popular kids in our community and I am hoping that will be the case for my 9 year old. Please don't let kids change who you are and for gods sake do not kill yourself, they win when you hurt or die.

  6. 6

    shut up the fuck up!

  7. 7

    I hope this isnt turning into some sort of fad now. Why does it seem so many ppl are killing themselves now or has it always been this many and we are just now hearing about and thats the difference? Anyways, RIP. Sad he felt that ending his life was the answer, that is was so bad being alive that even death was better.

  8. 8

    We don't even know why, it could have been for a number of reasons.

    NOt to mention, I'm so glad only Gays get bullied. How about the other kids that have killed themselves?

  9. 9

    First off: The new navigation on this site is horrible. Slow, buggy and cheap.

    Second: This kid killing himself has nothing to do with being gay or bullied. This kid more than likely had severe depression for years. I think the gay Bully thing is a stretch to blow your brains out. This kid had clinical depression and needed treatment. ..what he didn't need was to try and expose himself more online and attempt to be famous for being bullied because he liked men.

  10. 10

    Please stop. This guy was a hyprocrite coward who could dish, but didn't listen or heed his own advice. What kind of role model is that….certainly not one I want my child following the advice of.

  11. 11

    This is sad. I don't understand kicking a kid out for any reason.

  12. 12

    First, i didn't see where it says anything about him killing himself because of all the hate in the world. That's your special project. And secondly, because this happened, does that mean it doesn't get better. Not a very good message me thinks!

  13. 13

    Suicide is never the awnser.

  14. 14

    Re: Douche Hunter – You are right. I doubt bullying was the reason he was even depressed. He said his mother kicked him out.

  15. 15

    This is very sad and unfortunate…the world is a really hard place young people feel pressure to look and act a certain way, from their tween years they learn how to hate themselves. It is just sad that no-one explained to them the great love and opportunities available to them through the love of the creator. And while yes, an intolerant society is part and parcel to these numerous and recent suicides, I also think many of these youth were failed by those around them who didn't seek to get them the psychological and spiritual help they clearly needed. Too often we overlook the spiritual sides of our fragmented selves. Its important! I also feel the media needs to find useful ways to deal with this situation…I almost feel as if the reports glorify the issues surrounding these deaths as a "gay issue" when its really not. Suicides take place due to racism, and other forms of lewd discrimination. Don't glorify one issue over another.

  16. 16

    This is so sad and upsetting. I can't watch this without getting teary eyed. He looked so empty inside. It's so sad because he was clearly an intelligent, loving person who had so much potential. Such a shame his parents couldn't accept him.

  17. 17

    I am completely HORRIFIED that when I press play to hear this man's video for the 'it gets better campaign' that I have to watch a RIDICULOUS video for that CRAPTASTIC movie 'What's Your Number'!!!! Could you be more unfeeling???? Sure … announce the death of a fellow gay man … 'brought to you by What's Your Number"? ….. This is in REALLY bad taste!

  18. 18

    Suicide is never the answer and its so sad that these kids/adults think its the only way out. I guess I can understand what he feels about his mom though. My mom still hasn't accepted it and the constant look of disgust, ignoring and lack of connection hurts a lot. So much that it does affect a person emotionally. It's not to the point of suicide for me, but its definitely caused a lot pain. I was very close to my mom and I miss her love a lot.

  19. 19

    The Trevor Project pays its Directors HUGE SALARIES while the children it represents are killing themselves in unbelievable numbers…IT IS A SCAM & CON!

    The Trevor Project is all about HUGE SALARIES FOR ITS STAFF, not it bebfactors!

  20. 20

    Make a video. Kill yourself. Become a martyr to the LGBT community. That's how it goes. Next.

  21. 21

    I am completely HORRIFIED that when I press play to hear this man's video for the 'it gets better campaign' that I have to watch a RIDICULOUS video for that CRAPTASTIC movie 'What's Your Number'!!!! Could you be more unfeeling???? Sure … announce the death of a fellow gay man … 'brought to you by What's Your Number"? ….. This is in REALLY bad taste!


  22. 22

    All Trevor Project does is get suicidal kids to call their 800 number so they can be referred to one of their Psycho-Wackos and be diagnosed for life as INSANE & medicated into ZOMBIES!

    Once diagnosed "INSANE" their lives are over & tens of thousands of jobs & opportunities are closed forever; they might as well kill themselves….

  23. 23

    The more suicide videos, the more opportunities for you to exploit them by making blood money off the ad you put before them. You are a phony opportunist who doesn't know the meaning of the word ethical. Anyone with any integrity who truly believes what they post would never put money before beliefs. You're scum.

  24. 24

    It does get better!!!! Kill yourself! Had I know this Is what they meant the whole to time, I would have supported it a long time ago!!

  25. 25

    Re: FoxyandKanga – Boo Hoo. Mommy kicked me out and wont pay my cell phone bill or insurance anymore. Might as well end it all.

  26. 26

    Apparently his mom was a nut that got him exorcised to try and get rid of his gayness. Take note people who hate the gays. Whatever you hate WILL end up in your family. If he didn't have crappy parents he would still be alive.

    If your kid is being abused at school, TAKE THEM OUT. Send them to a better school or have them home schooled. If you're lazy they'll end up KILLING themselves.

  27. 27

    Re: gwen01 – You should put your son in a different school. The same thing happened to my little sister. She was a social butterfly completely happy and content then we moved. In her new school she was an outsider (we moved when she was in 7th grade). Sometimes I remember the "old" her that was confident and happy but that DIED years ago. She is smart and successful now, a college graduate, but is painfully shy and has low self esteem.

  28. 28

    Re: My Cheating Huband is Under the Patio – Are you ever going to tell your fans here at Perez Hilton the story behind your password name? Although it is none of our business, the name is intriguing and I imagine, so is the story. To stay on track, though, I just wish teen-agers realized that times really do get better. Young people's brains are not three dimensional, yet. They only live in the present. The future, for them, is lunch-time. The adult world is more tolerant, for the most part. The horrible, popular teens who are high profile now are just a speck of dust later on. Honestly!

  29. jham says – reply to this


    Seriously, what is going on with this?? It's like every other day. I just don't get it. My friend used to get threatened in high school for being gay by a group of guys that thought they were tough. My friend was very lucky though and had TONS of friends, mainly strait guys and girls, who ALL stood up for him. He knew who he was, his friends knew who he was and he knew that those losers were just insecure pricks. Idk, maybe that was rare. I just cannot imagine I would ever sit by and allow somebody to be bullied. This is just so sad.

  30. 30

    Re: jham – You had lots of friends who stuck up and supported each other. Today, if friends stick up for someone who isn't popular than they run the risk of being ostrasized, too. They just don't realize that those same friends are terrible friends and they shouldn't want them anyway. It's all about their social lives, pretty much at any cost. Sad isn't it?

  31. 31

    Re: Douche Hunter – Did you miss the part where he says in Kindergarten he was bullied for being different? Did you miss the part where he talks about his horrible childhood because of how he was perceived? I'm sure him being gay and not being accepted was a HUGE part in his suicide. Only he knew the true reason for ending his life. We can only speculate based on the story he told us. But for you to say that the gay bully thing is a stretch is completely way off base.

  32. 32

    I think they need to get rid of teh ITS GETS BETTER slogan. Because at the rate youre posting suicide videos its almost making it a Fad to kill yourself and that it doesnt get better. Listen the only way it will get better is to take kids out of the situation they are in. Sad but true. If they get bullied at school take them out. Move to another state if u have to. Home school. Whatever u can. Before anyone says well we dont have money to move maybe u shouldve thought ahead before u had a kid in teh first place. Most people cant afford kids and when shi* hits the fan the kids just supposed to suffer cuz his parents dont know how to raise him in a safe enviornment. Its terrible he killed himself. BUT now by posting that he did all his fans who are very close to the edge may get ideas now. Hopefully they dont. Dont let anyone dicatate your life! Who they hell are these bullies? just losers. brush it off or fight back. dont sit and take it. leave get out of the situation.

  33. 33

    This is a severely depressed man, his body language is so sad. I wish it had actually gotten better for him, because things were certainly not good when he recorded this. I understand perfectly well how hard it must've been to hang in there, but I wish he would've just kept going. It takes a while, but it usually *do* get better. And he was of immense value, like most other people. This really saddens me. RIP.

  34. fid says – reply to this


    What is up with this new culture of documenting your "strength" in living and getting over it..because it gets better… then killing yourself months or years after? Don't they see that creates a cycle? It's not inspirational, it makes those on the brink who watch your story and see you tell them to hold on, that all of it was a lie and they should just end it now.

    This is not a Gay problem (so I wish it would move away from that). It's a problem of people in general, who lack a will to live. Life is hard, if you can't brush it off and learn from it and move on, you won't get very far.

  35. 35

    It doesn't get better if you are not willing to make the changes yourself.


  36. mono says – reply to this


    Eric was the most beautiful person I've ever known. Sure he was different, all of us are..but we all loved him the same. Eric will forever be remembered for his kindness, intelligence, and artistic side…but most of all for being a great friend and always caring for others.
    RIP Eric, We love you so much!

  37. 37

    Its crazy. I used to see him all the time at school. He even rode my city bus sometimes. He always looked quiet and kept to himself. He will be truly missed :-(

  38. 38

    These comments are mostly depressing and hateful. To say that bullying doesn't contribute to depression is pure ignorance.

  39. 39

    That's a shame.

  40. 40

    And the denial just gets worse and worse. You guys have your heads so far up your own asses it's amazing you can still breathe. No one is saying that bullying is unique only to the gay community, but what people don't realize is that gay bullying continues on through adulthood. The fact that we live in a country where we have people going out of their homes to vote against someone else's right to marry just shows you what happens when we grow up. There is a horizon, however, and that is that it does get better. As our society evolves you people become fewer and fewer. You people are this generation's racists. Intolerance is a choice; your sexuality isn't.

  41. 41

    powerful and horrible…. we need to clean the streets with bullies' faces.

  42. Finch says – reply to this


    Thank you so much for posting this Perez. EricJames was a very close friend of mine whom I saw just a few days ago. As you can imagine his family, myself and all of his many friends are going through a very hard time right now. Eric was the best person I knew and the most selfless.. I loved him dearly, and I know the most important thing to take from his death is the message he left behind. All of the people who have no idea who he was or what he was like but keep running their mouth need to just stop! How dare they try to talk about him like they knew him! Get off your fucking computer and let me and my family morn for our loss without you bashing him or throwing in your two cents. get a life and leave us alone. I lost my dear friend and I will never get him back, how dare you talk about him like this!

  43. 43

    RIP to his family