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Italy: 14-Year-Old Boy Commits Suicide Over Homophobic Bullying

Pink News reports that a 14-year-old boy in Rome committed suicide last Friday at 2am by throwing himself from a balcony after being subjected to frequent anti-gay bullying both online and at school. Italy

The boy had apparently self-inflicted cuts on his arms and groin before killing himself early Friday morning. He also left a digital and hand-written note apologizing to his family. One read, "I am a homosexual, no one understands my drama and I do not know how to make it acceptable to my family."

The boy's friends reportedly did not know anything was wrong with him before his death.

In November 2012, an openly gay 15-year-old Italian student who regularly wore pink clothes committed suicide by hanging after enduring daily bullying online and at school.

Although Italy does not criminalize same-sex relationships, the country has rejected attempts to legalize same-sex marriage and only has employment protections for gay people with no public accommodation or hate crimes laws covering all LGBT folks en masse.

In July of this year however, Italy's Lower House of Parliament began debating a bill that would criminalize anti-gay discrimination.

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  1. heartbreaking

    Posted by: bructer | Aug 12, 2013 3:37:31 PM

  2. Italy has employment protections for gay people. I learned something new today.

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Aug 12, 2013 3:47:18 PM

  3. So so sad. And people wonder why the outrage over Russia's anti-gay laws put in place "to protect the children". What about these children? Who is protecting them from being pushed to this limit.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Aug 12, 2013 3:52:00 PM

  4. The people that hate us, they don't care about the blood on their hands...

    Can't even articulate how angry I get when I read about gay kids committing suicide.

    It's why I *always* remind people of them when they pitch their BS to me.

    Posted by: Franklin | Aug 12, 2013 4:53:32 PM

  5. Throw another log on what ever fire you are trying to start. People die of suicide daily. Maybe the computer is the blame this time.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 12, 2013 6:38:24 PM

  6. @ JOSH

    you're an idiot!

    Posted by: wink | Aug 12, 2013 8:08:35 PM

  7. @josh. where's your empathy?

    Posted by: gomez | Aug 12, 2013 8:10:04 PM

  8. so when is it okay for a young kid to be bullied into taking his own life never. and to become so complacent about and say it is an everyday occurrence says something about a person"s humanity. it is time that this bullying be addressed as a more serious issue than marriage equality because has to start protecting these kids from the bigots of the world

    Posted by: walter | Aug 12, 2013 8:35:00 PM

  9. This tragedy that took place in Rome is the perfect opportunity for Pope Francis to show the world what a kinder and gentler version of Catholicism looks like. We shall see!

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 12, 2013 8:44:35 PM

  10. Yeah, "Josh", I'd like you to say that to my face, you cowardly little weasel.

    Posted by: Franklin | Aug 12, 2013 10:41:49 PM

  11. FRANKLIN | AUG 12, 2013 10:41:49 PM
    Why insult weasels. If you need to debase any animal by comparing it to people like Josh, use one if any, that eats its own children.

    Posted by: StevyD | Aug 13, 2013 1:41:19 AM

  12. This website needs to install a new comment system. Having to copy and past timestamps is ridiculous.

    Posted by: eselrahc | Aug 13, 2013 10:58:37 AM

  13. This website needs to install a new comment system. Having to copy and past timestamps is ridiculous.

    Posted by: eselrahc | Aug 13, 2013 10:58:40 AM

  14. Looks like Josh knocked it out of the park. Thank you for waking up and commenting.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 13, 2013 12:08:35 PM

  15. Stop feeding the troll, josh/rick/jason, ad nauseum is just unhappy because there's no action at his favorite glory hole. He is a disease riddled, puss filled, cyst on the butt of humanity. It's a shame he doesn't kill himself.

    Posted by: Kenneth | Aug 13, 2013 8:06:47 PM

  16. Everyone dies, some die early ( suicide ), but, jerks like 'Josh' die early...the end

    Posted by: Truth of 14yearold | Jan 8, 2014 8:15:08 PM

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