Mother of gay 13-year-old who committed suicide shares her son’s pain

When Seth Walsh hanged himself at age 13 on October 19th, he was seen by many as the latest in a string of tragic suicides related to the bullying of LGBT kids. But now, joining with the ACLU, his mother Wendy has given us a personal glimpse into Seth’s pain and experiences by sharing a bit about her son in a new video. Most haunting, though, is the suicide note that she reads. It’s an incredibly emotional video.

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Sometimes when we hear stories about young gay kids committing suicide, people think, “If only he’d had someone to talk to that loved and accepted him/her…” But the strength, love and acceptance that Wendy shows in this video reminds us that even for those who are loved and accepted by their family, there is still a huge burden that weights on LGBT kids. It stems from the isolation that is felt from a society that deems you second class and not worthy of equal rights. A society that says your love is less than the love of a straight couple. A society where bullies are taught that gay people are an acceptable scapegoat for whatever inadequacies exist in their own lives.

There are a lot of loving and supportive people like Wendy Walsh out there, but it’s not enough. LGBT kids need to feel that being accepted is the norm, not the exception.


Born and raised in Maine, Nick Seaver moved to DC to study political communication in 2003. He began writing extensively on LGBT rights during the first ballot initiative in Maine that overturned marriage equality. He writes about a variety of issues, ranging from marriage to issues facing LGBT youth. Follow him on Twitter at @NDSeaver.

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