More than 100 people attended a campus rally Sept. 29, with some lying on the ground and chanting things like, “If my dorm’s not safe, Rutgers isn’t safe.”
A Facebook group, In Honor of Tyler Clementi, was quickly set up and as of press time had drawn nearly 3,000 people, many of whom posted remembrances of Clementi or expressions of shock over the death of the young man pictured playing his violin.
“You will never be forgotten Tyler,” Samantha Hoffer commented. “I am so glad to have known such an amazing and talented person in my life. Rest in peace.”
Gay rights groups say Clementi’s death is the latest example of a long-standing problem: young people who kill themselves because they’re bullied about being gay—regardless of whether they are.
Last week, Dan Savage, a columnist at the Seattle weekly newspaper The Stranger, launched the It Gets Better Project, a YouTube channel where gay, lesbian, and bisexual adults share the turmoil they experienced when they were younger—and show how their lives have gotten better.
In response to Clementi’s death and others, the group Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays said it would issue a “call to action” on the topic.
New York Police Department harbor officers recovered the body of a white man, clad only in pants, wearing a watch and without identification after a parks department employee spotted a body floating in the river, police said. The body was taken to the city medical examiner’s office; authorities hoped to use the watch as identification.
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