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Jane Clementi, Mother Of Tyler Clementi, Speaks Out On The Suicide of Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn


As we've been reporting, the tragic death of Leelah Alcorn has grabbed the attention of people across the country and across the world. Leelah's final plea in a suicide note posted on Tumblr was that we "fix society." Since then, hundreds rallied in D.C., a Cleveland City Councilman gave an emotional and impactful speech on the need to protect trans youth, Transparent creator Jill Soloway dedicated her show's Golden Globe win to Leelah Alcorn and also Jane Clementi, the mother of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who took his own life after he learned that his roommate had recorded him kissing another man, is speaking out and calling for a change in our "hearts and minds" so that we "celebrate every life":

“We as a culture must teach the lesson each day that all life has value and has purpose – especially the lives of all young people, regardless of who they are,” she said. “That’s an irrevocable value. The only way to make a difference in this world – to truly change hearts and minds – is through celebrating and accepting every life.”

Jane Clementi added, “Nobody knows better than my family that ending life cannot create change. After Tyler took his life, our mission has been to ensure that no family endures the pain that Tyler and Leelah both endured and that we are sure that the Alcorns are experiencing. It’s only by building a world where every life is sacred that we move forward.”

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles 'Mobs' L.A. Metro With Holiday Cheer: VIDEO

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Here's something to lift your spirits if you've been shopping too much this Black Friday. The L.A. Gay Men's Chorus took over the city's Red Line subway singing an updated version of "Deck The Halls". They released the video today of their holiday-inspired flash mob, showing how they tried to spread some Christmas cheer on the train to North Hollywood last weekend. Some passengers were more thrilled than others by the impromptu performance (check out the shoulder shimmys by one woman feeling the spirit at the 1:34 mark) while other passengers just tried to ignore the festive group (in true subway rider fashion).

GmclaThe video was actually promo for the group's upcoming annual holiday concerts at the Beverly Hills Saban Theater, December 13th and 14th. The annual shows are part of the group's 36th season, which includes the debut of a chamber ensemble piece in memory of Tyler Clementi. Earlier this fall, the chorus was part of another on-line sensation with their featured role in a hugely viral video (5M hits and counting) about actor and aspiring performance artist Shia LaBeouf.

You can watch their new holiday video AFTER THE JUMP...

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Monica Lewinsky Says She Empathized with Tyler Clementi Over Public Online Humiliation


Monica Lewinsky is talking about her affair with Bill Clinton in a new Vanity Fair profile, and talks about why she's going public:

When Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers freshman who was secretly streamed via Webcam kissing another man, committed suicide in September 2010, Lewinsky writes, she was brought to tears, but her mother was especially distraught: “She was reliving 1998, when she wouldn’t let me out of her sight. She was replaying those weeks when she stayed by my bed, night after night, because I, too, was suicidal. The shame, the scorn, and the fear that had been thrown at her daughter left her afraid that I would take my own life—a fear that I would be literally humiliated to death.” Lewinsky clarifies that she has never actually attempted suicide, but had strong suicidal temptations several times during the investigations and during one or two periods after.

Lewinsky writes that following Clementi’s tragedy “my own suffering took on a different meaning. Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation. The question became: How do I find and give a purpose to my past?” She also says that, when news of her affair with Clinton broke in 1998, not only was she arguably the most humiliated person in the world, but, “thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.” Her current goal, she says, “is to get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums.”

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Tyler Clementi's Story to Be Told by SF Gay Men's Chorus in Musical Suite

On March 25th, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus will premiere a series of songs, "Tyler's Suite," celebrating the life of Tyler Clementi (right). The college student was himself a musician before his suicide in 2010, which in turn prompted a great deal of national discussion surrounding the issue of LGBT youth and bullying.

ClementiThe musical piece will be comprised of multiple movements written by some of today's great composers, including Stephen Schwartz, and is being presented as part of a larger performance titled "Luster: An American Songbook."

BroadwayWorld.com reports:

"As a soundtrack of American life during the time of the Great Depression and two world wars, the American Songbook consists of timeless music that translated positive values and an optimistic spirit," says [Artistic Director Dr. Timothy] Seelig. "The Chorus continues that tradition, presenting a new set of songs by today's premier American composers, offering hope and bringing to light the important cultural issues of today through the story of Tyler Clementi."


With the help of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, SFGMC commissioned a musical work that will add eight new songs to the soundtrack that is the American Songbook of the 21st century, honoring the memory of a beloved son, brother and friend. "Tyler's Suite" creates a new story of inclusion, dignity and acceptance for other youth and their families, through a musical experience that inspires community, activism and compassion. The story is one of hope and encouragement to families everywhere.

Other composers involved in the project include "John Bucchino, Ann Hampton Callaway, Craig Carnelia, John Corigliano, Nolan Gasser, Jake Heggie, Lance Horne, and Pamela Stewart." The piece will also be performed by gay men's choruses in Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC, San Diego, Dallas, and Seattle.

Visit the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus website for tickets and more information.

National Cathedral Dean: Homophobia is a Sin

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 4.23.51 PMAs part of a weekend honoring LGBT young people at the Washington National Cathedral, Rev. Gary Hall (pictured right) spoke out against homophobia and heterosexism, denouncing both as 'sin.' The Huffington Post reports:

"We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are. They are sin. Homophobia is a sin. Heterosexism is a sin. Shaming people for whom they love is a sin," said Dean Hall. He continued, "Only when all our churches say that clearly and boldly and courageously will our LGBT youth be free to grow up in a culture that totally embraces them fully as they are."

He criticized the role that some churches have in advancing oppression of LGBT youth, saying, "It's more than tragic - in fact it's shameful - that faith communities, especially Christian ones, continue to be complicit in putting out children at risk and abetting the attitudes that oppress them, thereby encouraging the aggressors who would subject our children to pain, humiliation, and violence."

Hall's sermon marked the 15th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard and the third anniversary of the suicide of Tyler Clementi. Both Judy Shepard and Jane Clementi were at the Sunday service to honor their sons' lives. 

Back in January, Rev. Hall announced the prominent Episcopal cathedral would begin celebrating same-sex marriages.

(photo via National Cathedral

Tyler Clementi Center Established at Rutgers University: VIDEO


The Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University, in honor of the student who took his own life in 2010 after being spied on and harassed for being gay, was established on Monday, the Star-Ledger reports:

The center will focus on helping students make the transition from home to college. It will also offer lectures and training on issues related to bullying, the misuse of social media and suicide among gay youth.

“Through the Tyler Clementi Center we have the chance to impact not only young people at Rutgers, but young people across the nation,” said Joseph Clementi, Tyler’s father, at a ceremony announcing the project.

Several hundred people, including students, gay rights supporters and mental health activists, attended the ceremony at the Rutgers Visitors Center in Piscataway. The Clementi Center is a joint project by Rutgers and the Tyler Clementi Foundation, a non-profit group started by the freshman’s family after his death.

Additionally, legislation was introduced to coincide with the announcement of the center:

During the ceremony, Rep. Rush Holt (D-12th Dist.) announced he and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) reintroduced legislation in Congress today that would require colleges to have anti-harassment policies. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act was first introduced shortly after Clementi’s death, but did not gain enough support to become law.

Holt said the legislation would make grants available to help colleges find creative ways to battle bullying and help students in Clementi’s memory.

You can donate to help fund the center at The Tyler Clementi Foundation website.

Watch ABC7's report on the announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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