This is so sad.
Blake Brockington made history last year when he became the first transgender homecoming king at his high school in Charlotte, North Carolina, but Blake has apparently, and tragically, committed suicide this past Monday.
The 18 year old was viewed as an important leader in the LGBT community and the teen had made more than a few inspirational quotes throughout his short lifetime.
Here’s what he said at the time when he won the homecoming crown:
“Throughout my life, I haven’t really been treated equally as a male, so I’ve always wanted this, always, and everybody has always told me I couldn’t do it. Even though you go through some things, and you have some negative encounters in your life, anything is possible, you can do anything you set your heart to.”
And even this past January the teen had made a few stirring statements in regards to others trans youth as well as online bullying. He said:
“I would love for a lot of the trans youth to know that they are not alone and this is a large community…That was single-handedly the hardest part of my trans journey. Really hateful things were said on the Internet. It was hard. I saw how narrow-minded the world really is.”
Ugh, what a loss.
A loss being felt by a lot of people these days.
Here’s what the executive director of a local LGBT support center Rodney Tucker said about the young teen’s passing:
“He was seen as a leader in the LGBT movement and social justice movement. We are all in shock and grieving here.”
Our hearts go out to Blake’s family and loved ones and our thoughts are with them as they try to go on without this inspirational person by their side.
And remember, if you’re ever depressed, you can always hit up the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-784-2433.
Or go to their website here.
[Image via WCNC.]