I received word about an event being held this weekend in light of the tragic suicide of teenager Jamey Rodemeyer last month.
Be A Warrior for Jamey is a joint event being organised by Second Pride and other LGBT organisations that is in support of October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and aims to “Celebrate Jamey’s life and the lives of other teens, many of whose deaths are not being recorded as suicides due to the associated stigma. It will also let troubled teens in Second Life know that they have somewhere to turn if they have are confronted by bullying”.
The information on the event is being circulated by DJ Palianta, and reads in part:
“Dear Fellow Second Life Resident:
“I am writing to you about something that has been of great concern for me — the epidemic of teen suicides due to bullying, most notably including their peers in schools. Gay teens are a particularly vulnerable target. And they need your help. And I am sorry to tell you that yesterday, news of another gay teen suicide in Ottawa Canada, Jamie Hubley, was announced.
“Troubled gay teens like Jamie Hubley and Jamey Rodemeyer, above, who ended his life on September 17 after making an “It Gets Better” video“, are increasingly taking their own lives in response to having nowhere to turn. This is an epidemic that is getting out of control and must be confronted and stopped.
“We look at these beautiful boys and girls and see a life waiting to be lived. Many of us cannot imagine the horror and despair that must be going on through their minds. What is happening? For one thing, social media, most notably Facebook, is opening another venue of bullying and exposing all sorts of personal information to the outside world. For another, gay teenagers are “coming out” now at far younger ages than they did in prior generations, at a time when they are most vulnerable. And for every teenager who commits suicide, a much larger number are contemplating the same.
“This weekend, the residents of Second Life will have their chance to do something about this. Tadd’s Cabaret, together with Second Pride and other clubs and organizations, will be hosting ‘Be a Warrior for Jamey Weekend’ on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23.”
The event will be held at Tadd’s Cabaret and Dance Club, and the schedule comprises (all times SLT):
Saturday, October 22
- 19:00-21:00:DJ Jared Presents Be a Warrior! with Jamey’s Warriors
Sunday, October 23
- 15:00-16:00: InysX Piranha
- 16:00-17:00: Loki Kahanamoku
- 17:00-18:00: Queen Edman
- 18:00-19:00:Johny Alderton
- 19:00-20:00: TinaMaire Beck
- 20:00-21:00: Jared Palianta