Raymond Chase Commits Suicide, Fifth Gay Youth To Take Life In Three Weeks
Johnson and Wales student Raymond Chase, 19, took his own life this past Wednesday, according to the Advocate.
Chase, a sophomore reported as openly gay, apparently hanged himself in his dorm room. According to Now Public, the circumstances surrounding his death are not yet known.
Campus Pride (which recently released a study on attitudes towards LGBT students on campus) issued a statement in reaction to the deaths:
...the recent pattern of LGBT youth suicides is cause for grave concern. Campus Pride demands national action be taken to address youth bullying, harassment and the need for safety and inclusion for LGBT youth at colleges and universities across the country. We must not let these tragic deaths go unnoticed. Together we must act decisively to curb anti-LGBT bias incidents, harassment and acts of violence.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/1..._n_746989.html