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Eric James Borges, Gay Film Maker, Takes His Own Life

Eric James Borges, Gay Film Maker, Takes His Own Life

 

A young gay film maker who just weeks ago created an It Gets Better video and before that a short film advocating for tolerance and acceptance of gay people, reportedly took his own life this week.

Eric James Borges, aged just 19, of Visalia, California, is reported to have committed suicide on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. The reason behind his suicide, if one is known, has not yet been publicized.

Known as “EricJames” to his friends, he was an intern with the Trevor Project and was highly involved in work to prevent teen suicide.

EricJames had, just weeks before this,composed a video for the It Gets Better project in which he spoke about the bullying, prejudice and ill treatment he had to endure at school and, he claimed, at home too. In a comment under that video EricJames wrote:

My story is always hard to tell, even in a simplistic condensed form, but, “Many LGBT youth can’t picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can’t imagine a future for themselves. So let’s show them what our lives are like, let’s show them what the future may hold in store for them.”

You can watch that video below:

It seems important to stress that EricJames’ taking his own life does not necessarily undercut his It Gets Better message, though it does of course make it all the more poignant. For many, life does indeed get better. And it can get better for anyone reading this. But one should not underestimate or downplay the struggle to reach that point, and that is why a variety of programs are trying to make it better right now and let LGBT teens and all suicidal youth know that there are people out there wanting to help who can give guidance and support.

Indeed, Eric’s death prompted The Trevor Project to say in a statement (viaNew Civil Rights Movement):

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. If you or someone you know needs support, please don’t hesitate to call the Trevor Lifeline at866-488-7386.

EricJames also created and participated in a beautiful short film called Invisible Creatures, which I urge readers to view below:

A group has been set up on Facebook announcing a memorial event for EricJames. It reads in part:

As much of our community now knows, our student and friend, Eric James Borges, succumbed to suicide on Wednesday evening, January 11. The world has lost a beautiful, gentle, and nurturing soul from his passing, and the COS Theatre Department would like to provide an opportunity for his friends and admirers to gather together to discuss his life and his legacy. We will be showing some of his work, reading from some of his stories, and offering an outlet for folks to ask questions and receive guidance during this difficult time.

Care2′s sincere condolences go out to EricJames’ loved ones.

If You Need Help or Just Someone Talk To…

The Trevor Project runs a 24/7 helpline with trained counselors ready to listen if you or someone you know would like to talk about the issues dealt with in this post.

The Trevor Project Helpline number is 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386).

Trevor Project Links:

IMPORTANT: If you live outside America and require information on services in your country the International Association for Suicide Prevention carries information for crisis centers from across the globe.  Please click here for those resources.

Related Reading:

Supporters Dance for the Trevor Project (VIDEO)

Kristin Chenoweth: Being Gay is Not A Sin. Period.

Anti-Bullying “Seth’s Law” Passes California Senate

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6:19PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Every article I've read that involves bullying would really cut my heart into pieces. And I am sure that it's also hard on their parents itself. Furthermore, upon reading this news about this suicide of a talented man, makes me feel regretful. If only we could full force to stop this bullying, this hurtful incidents should have been lessen or better yet be vanished. The idea of my children being harmed or lost is not something anyone wants to consider. And I was reading this blog on anationofmoms and found an article that spoke of a service to protect my family. It said that if I followed the service on twitter, I would enter the drawing for 6 months free of service. Check out the article: http://anationofmoms.com/2011/08/protect-your-family-giveaway.html

8:13AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

What a profound young man he was, he most have found life simply too difficult and now, as a result of narrow mindedness and homophobia this bright young star has been extingushished, I feel really bad for the poor guy but his suffering is over now. The people who contributed to his suffering should be very, very ashamed of themselves, especially his parents, awful people, they didn't deserve to have a child. RIP :-(

11:59AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

Wow, thought the video EricJames created was beautiful, a beautiful expresssion of a good heart. It's the loss of his family and the world to have him leave the way he did.

2:54PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

It's a dawn of a new era of tolerance for the LGBT community. It was just the beginning for him; he should have stayed around to see how things turn out.

7:01PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

What a loss for the human race. Rest in Peace EricJames. You will be missed.

11:36AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

This is so sad. And that video when he talked about his childhood - how touching! Haters will always be haters but HOW can a family do that to a child. And how can people in the year 2012 believe homosexuality is a disease, that it is not natural? Why do they hate, destroying people's lives, trying to make them something that they are not? They are not hurting anyone by being homosexual, they are not hurting themselves by being themselves, the only one hurting someone are the haters! It upsets me so much I cannot take a look in these haters' brains to see what is going on in them!

11:36AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

This is so sad. And that video when he talked about his childhood - how touching! Haters will always be haters but HOW can a family do that to a child. And how can people in the year 2012 believe homosexuality is a disease, that it is not natural? Why do they hate, destroying people's lives, trying to make them something that they are not? They are not hurting anyone by being homosexual, they are not hurting themselves by being themselves, the only one hurting someone are the haters! It upsets me so much I cannot take a look in these haters' brains to see what is going on in them!

10:50AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

RIP Eric James Borges. You made a difference. Thank you.

10:46AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

I am very sorry to hear this news. May he rest in peace.

9:01PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

It is so unfortunate that this situation is repeated time and time again. I have several gay friends, and while I'm a straight female, I empathetic to the difficult situations that they face almost everyday. One is perfectly in control when it comes to bigotry and it doesn't bother him in the least, he's a lucky one. One is widely involved in youth ministry in his church and while his closest friends and family know who is is and are completely accepting and loving he still has to hide because of fear of being shunned by his church and no longer be allowed to work with children. Another is battling depression because of how difficult it is to be a young gay man in this society. I would be devastated to lose any of them because of how wonderful they are as human beings and friends. Stop the hate people! And for those who think same sex marriage is wrong because the can't reproduce, the world is over populated as it is and look at how many children are adopted every year by same sex couples. I applaud anyone who has a big enough heart to raise a child that isn't biologically theirs.

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