Family Rejection is a Leading Risk Factor
Eric James Borges (19) made a video urging gay kids to “never give up.” Less than a month later, he took his own life. Eric spoke in the video about being bullied from kindergarten through high school. He says, “I was physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally assaulted on a
day-to-day basis for my perceived sexual orientation. I
was stalked, spit on, ostracized and physically assaulted.”
Eric also experienced trauma at home. “My mother knew I was gay and performed an exorcism on me.” When that did not work, he was kicked out of his home. His suicidal thoughts soon spiked. He told a friend, “I had nowhere safe to go, either at home or
After finding stable living arrangements, Eric joined the Trevor Project as a speaker and suicide prevention specialist. He encouraged others to never give up, but sadly his own pain was too much.
Eric James Borges – Age 19
Died January 11, 2012 – Visalia (CA)
Credit: ABC News
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