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Ronin Shimizu's Parents Make A Statement About Their 12-Year-Old Son After He Committed Suicide After Years Of Bullying For Being A Male Cheerleader

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Ronin Shimizu's suicide last Wednesday has really affected everyone who heard about his unfortunate death.

After years of bullying that included him being harassed for being a male cheerleader, Ronin chose to end his life. And while his friends have been remembering him via social media, Ronin's family had yet to make a public statement.

That is, until now.

[ Related: Ronin Shimizu Commits Suicide After Years Of Bullying ]

The 12-year-old's parents, Brandon and Danielle Shimizu, are obviously heartbroken and we cannot even imagine how they must be feeling, but they have expressed gratitude for the well-wishes sent to them from across the country:

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Look Good And Do Good - For A Really Good Price! Designed By Perez!

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Perez Hilton, shoe designer!

Yup!

We have designed a sexy and sophisticated stiletto, as well as a unisex stylish sneaker.

And, the two best parts are….

1) 100% of the profits from these shoes benefit the important and needed work of GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network. That's right, 100%!!!

and

2) The shoes are sooooo afforable! They each are on sale for just $39.95! Just $39.95!!!!

So tell your friends!!!! Buy a pair! Gift a pair!

We are incredibly proud of both shoes! We think they're classy yet fun! They will get attention but they're not IN YOUR FACE. They are edgy yet wearable. And, most importantly, they look very expensive but aren't!

When Shoedazzle told us they would give 100% of all the profits from our shoes to our charity of choice, we instantly said yes.

GLSEN has been our charity of choice this year, and we are so honored to be able to raise money and awareness for them!

Your kindness - and stylishness - will help gay youth and their straight allies across America!

PLUS, in addition to donating 100% of profits to GLSEN from sales of our exclusive designs, ShoeDazzle is presenting a further fundraising opportunity to first time clients, Perez Hilton fans and GLSEN supporters: $5 from any first time purchase on ShoeDazzle.com using the code PEREZ at checkout through November 15th will be donated to GLSEN as well.

We never thought we'd design a pair of shoes, but we really took this great opportunity for GLSEN seriously, working so hard on it, obsessing over every detail and making sure both shoes were perfect!

We LOVE them both so much - and we hope you do too!

Please support and help spread the word!!!!

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Look Good And Do Good - For A Really Good Price! Designed By Perez!

102611_perezhiltonlookbook-3273.jpg a20111025100157enprnprn6-shoedazzle-perez-hilton-1y-1319536917mr.jpg

Perez Hilton, shoe designer!

Yup!

We have designed a sexy and sophisticated stiletto, as well as a unisex stylish sneaker.

And, the two best parts are….

1) 100% of the profits from these shoes benefit the important and needed work of GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network. That's right, 100%!!!

and

2) The shoes are sooooo afforable! They each are on sale for just $39.95! Just $39.95!!!!

So tell your friends!!!! Buy a pair! Gift a pair!

We are incredibly proud of both shoes! We think they're classy yet fun! They will get attention but they're not IN YOUR FACE. They are edgy yet wearable. And, most importantly, they look very expensive but aren't!

When Shoedazzle told us they would give 100% of all the profits from our shoes to our charity of choice, we instantly said yes.

GLSEN has been our charity of choice this year, and we are so honored to be able to raise money and awareness for them!

Your kindness - and stylishness - will help gay youth and their straight allies across America!

PLUS, in addition to donating 100% of profits to GLSEN from sales of our exclusive designs, ShoeDazzle is presenting a further fundraising opportunity to first time clients, Perez Hilton fans and GLSEN supporters: $5 from any first time purchase on ShoeDazzle.com using the code PEREZ at checkout through November 15th will be donated to GLSEN as well.

We never thought we'd design a pair of shoes, but we really took this great opportunity for GLSEN seriously, working so hard on it, obsessing over every detail and making sure both shoes were perfect!

We LOVE them both so much - and we hope you do too!

Please support and help spread the word!!!!

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Dan Savage Explains Why Kids Need To Know 'It Gets Better'

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Why is it so important for gay teenagers to hear stories from gay adults?

To save lives!

The harsh reality of today's society is that LGBT teens are bullied, teased, and made outsiders because of something as insignificant as sexual orientation.

Unfortunately, it took a string of sad, sad suicides to bring attention to this reality, but these tragedies finally encouraged people like Dan Savage and his husband Terry to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Since the media spotlight on LGBT teen suicides, the "It Gets Better" campaign has been using the internet as a medium for gay adults to share their own experiences with gay teenagers in hopes of preventing anymore unnecessary deaths.

Watch the video above to see sex columnist Dan Savage explain why kids NEED TO KNOW that it gets better and how the internet can save lives.

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New Study Shows Teen Suicide Rate Lower In Gay-Friendly Areas

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Suicide is a horrible, horrible tragedy. So any news about its rate being lower is always welcomed.

In an interesting new study, teen suicide rate is significantly lower in areas that support equality and are gay-friendly, with higher proportions of same-sex couples and schools with gay-supportive policies!

Here are some statistics:

The study of 32,000 Oregon high school students, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual teens are five times more likely to commit suicide than their straight peers.

Even straight teens had higher rates of suicide attempts in more socially conservative areas.

Hatzenbuehler used social data on high school juniors from 34 counties in Oregon from 2006 to 2008. He then created a social score for each county, based on prevalence of gay and lesbian couples; the proportion of schools with GSAs and anti-bullying policies; and the percentage of registered Democrats.

LGB teens who lived in counties with lower social environment scores had a 22% higher rate of suicide attempts than those living in areas with higher scores.

Sometimes depression and suicidal feelings can't be avoided no matter the location, but this news is extremely positive. It just goes to show that equality and fellow human acceptance and understanding is a very powerful thing!

Everyone should be making everyone feel comfortable and safe, regardless if depression is involved, but especially if it is!

Equality and understanding for all!

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Not Just A Gay Issue! Another Bullied Teen Commits Suicide

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All the more reason that this needs EVERYONE'S attention. This is not just a gay issue.

A Pennsylvania teenager killed herself Saturday night, and now her parents are speaking about about the tragedy, and claim that bullying is to blame for her death.

Tiffani Maxwell was apparently bullied so badly that fellow students falsely told teachers that they saw her do drugs, which resulted in her expulsion from school last week!

Mother Sandy reveals that in the wake of this awful loss, she and husband Shane are starting an on-line campaign to raise awareness about peer pressure and bullying, which 77% of students in the country have admitted to have been victim.

Sandy explains:

"She got text messages, saying 'Tiffani you're in rehab.' 'You're on drugs.' Even if it saves one kid … just remember there are family members behind you and that tomorrow will be better."

And Shane concludes:

“Just don’t bully people. What’s the sense of it. Put yourself in their shoes.”

Such true, and undervalued, words.

NOBODY should feel as though they have no one supporting them, and it's our job to ensure that the country's youth understand that no matter how alone, or how ganged up on, that they feel, there are people who understand and want to listen.

No more unnecessary deaths! It's time to end BULLYING once and for all!

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Parents Of Deceased Gay Teen To Sue Rutgers Over Suicide

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As a result of the suicide of gay Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, the state of New Jersey passed the "Anti-Bullying Bill Of Rights."

Despite this, Clementi's parents are planning on suing the University, although Rutgers claims that his death is not their responsibility.

According to a notice from Clementi's parents' lawyer, Rutgers failed to protect Tyler from "unlawful or otherwise improper acts" by two of his classmates, who spurred his decision to jump off the George Washington Bridge after they broadcast a video of him having sex over the Internet.

Damages that Clementi's parents are listing in the suit include pain and suffering, loss of companionship and support, and financial costs.

Here's what Rutgers spokesman E.J. Miranda had to say about the situation:

"We at the university share the family's sense of loss of their son, who was a member of our community. We also recognize that a grieving family may question whether someone or some institution could somehow have responsibility for their son's death. While the university understands this reaction, the university is not responsible for Tyler Clementi's suicide."

According to a statement made by Clementi's family, "a decision as to whether to file suit against Rutgers University in the future has not been made."

Guess we'll see what the family decides to do.

This is an awful situation, and it continues to upset us that this happened in the first place.

We hope the Clementi family is able to find peace over time, one way or another.

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