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LGBT Morning Mix: Lady Gaga Vows Action Over Bullying Deaths

LGBT Morning Mix: Lady Gaga Vows Action Over Bullying Deaths
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Following the tragic news of 14 year-old Jamey Rodemeyer having taken his own life last Sunday night due to what his parents describe as persistent and pervasive bullying because Jamey was perceived as gay, Lady Gaga, whom Jamey was a devoted fan of, has said that she wants to make bullying illegal.

As news of Jamey’s death spread, Lady Gaga wrote on Twitter that she had been “reflecting, crying, and yelling” over Jamey’s death. She went on to say: “I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life Ö Bullying must [be] illegal. It is a hate crime.”

She added:†”I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it.”

She then asked her Twitter followers to “trend” it so that the message gets global attention through Twitter, creating the tag “#MakeALawForJamey.”

Jamey, who identified himself as bisexual, had posted an It Gets Better video on YouTube in which he quoted Lady Gaga lyrics saying:

“Hold your head up and you’ll go far. Because that’s all you have to do, just love yourself and you’re set.”

This video was posted in May. His parents say that they do not know what changed since that moment of strength and hope, but obviously something went terribly wrong because on Sunday Jamey again posted lyrics from one of Lady Gaga’s songs “The Queen,” this time to his Facebook wall:

“Donít forget me when I come crying to heavenís door.”

He was found dead outside his home by his parents just hours later.

Jamey’s parents have reportedly said they will bury their son in a Lady Gaga t-shirt with the slogan “Born This Way” which was the message that Jamey had tried to convey in his It Gets Better video.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper chose to highlight Jamey’s story this week and talked with Jamey’s parents. You can watch the interview below in which Jamey’s parents talk about what they believes needs to be done to combat bullying in schools as well as online bullying:

You can find out more about the Facebook application mentioned by Anderson Cooper here.

Understandably, Jamey’s death has thrown up questions about whether the It Gets Better project is working.

Co-founder Dan Savage appeared on the†”The Early Show” where he wanted people to know that the It Get’s Better project was not meant to take the place of vital action, but to get a message of hope out their:

He said, “They are with these kids to give them an idea of the future that was possible for them if they could hang on. But sometimes hope isn’t enough, and sometimes the future is too remote, and sometimes the bullying is too devastating and too extreme and those times, they just — they break our hearts. But in his pain, you know, I don’t think when you watch Jamey’s ‘It Gets Better’ video, he is clearly speaking to other kids, trying to offer them encouragement, but he is also clearly, now, we know, speaking to himself and trying to encourage himself to hang in there.”

Savage continued, “But even in his pain, he was reaching out and trying to help, and we need to follow his example and continue to reach out and try to help and not let Jamey’s tragic death make us feel hopeless or despair or give up.”

[Read more over at CBS.]

A criminal investigation has now been launched into the bullying that surrounds Jamey’s death. Care2 will have a full update on that later.

Next Page: The Legacy of Last Year’s Suicides

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11:11PM PST on Jan 25, 2012

As an openly gay female teacher in Canada it sickens me whenever any teen takes their own life for being who they are. Bullies need to be thrown in jail and subjected to the same treatment they have dolled out. Lady Gaga should be made an ambassador of the UN for her stance on human rights and equality for all. Oh wait, the right wingers around the world who have a myopic view on life and rights for the few will probably want to have her assasinated. But that's okay because it's just one less human fighting for equal rights for all.

9:31PM PST on Jan 1, 2012

Bullying should be made illiegal. Good on Lady Gaga for taking action on this.

3:36PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Lady Gaga is a beautiful and inspiring lady. I just have to ask, what hasn't action been taken sooner? Do officials not care about people? It seems not.

9:01AM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Good on Gaga. I think she is inspirational and I love her passion and that she will fight for what she believes in. I really hope she makes a difference. I think she is attempting something extremely difficult if not impossible but I applaud her and I'm rooting for her success.

As for It Gets Better, I really support it, it won't save them all but maybe it will save some if not most, I think it's great that there's a whole universal movement to make gay teens feel less alone, and less afraid.

6:23PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Why isn't bullying already illegal? Schools must like dead kids, they do nothing about bullying!! And neither do higher courts!

8:42AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

I applaud anyone involved in the It Gets Better initiative. These particular victims of bullying are already troubled souls who need to know how much support is out there for them. So, it is vital that celebrities and professional athletes use their high-profile status to spread this message far and wide. Many thanks to Lady Gaga, the LA Dodgers and the many others whose message will undoubtedly save another precious life.

8:35AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

I applaud anyone involved in the It Gets Better initiative. These particular victims of bullying are already troubled souls who need to know how much support is out there for them. So, it is vital that celebrities and professional athletes use their high-profile status to spread this message far and wide. Many thanks to Lady Gaga, the LA Dodgers and the many others whose message will undoubtedly save another precious life.

7:32PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

I Never expected to say this but I think Lady Gaga is great! Her support of LGBTs and anti-bullying campaign are INSPIRING and must mean the WORLD to people being bullied.

10:36AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

So sad. I think Bullying should be a crime as well. Too many people are dying because of this :(

10:43PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

This is so heartbreaking. I don't even know what to say. When will this stop?

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