Raised in an extremist Christian household, assaulted in classroom with a teacher present, EricJames Borges, 19, was repeatedly bullied, tormented, terrorized, for the duration of his childhood and teen years. He came out with the video “it Gets better” below, yet he could not live through the pain. EricJames committed suicide yesterday!
“Disgusting, perverted, unnatural and going to hell” is what his parents told him as he was kicked out of his house. Exorcisms, beatings and extreme Christianity pervaded his young life and did not “cure” him – rather it killed him!
The death on Wednesday of this young filmmaker has shocked his friends. “He advocated pro-life for gays. He wouldn’t want anyone to [commit suicide],” said close friend James Criss. “It’s so shocking to see that he did it himself.” (ABC News)
Borges made a video just last month for the “It Gets Better” project, a campaign that features personal hope-filled videos to LGBT teens to get them through difficult times. Although he said “it gets better” he could not live through the extensive damage to his psyche and the pain that life had brought to him.
In his video EricJames says he works form the Trevor project. In a very sad voice, he tries to convince that “it gets better.” Dont ever give up, says Eric, but the sadness of his voice is pervasive. Many of us believe it should not “have to get better,” but that we should be sending the message to kids “don’t wait for it to get better – speak out now!” No American or global child should have to endure what EricJames did.
EricJames Borges lived in an area – Central California, Visalia, known for extreme homophobia.
After covering this story, I went down to Visalia with filmmaker Kristina Lapinski from GAY USA the Movie to attend the memorial of EricJames. I was having a difficult time understanding why he would do this while attached to the Trevor Project – what I found out helped me on a personal level and so I wrote about it. I was given a copy of his suicide note and also the kind cooperation of those closest to him at the end – my updated report can be found at GAY U.S.A. the Movie and Blog:
Never before had the sound of ‘Edge of Glory’ been so inconceivable; EricJames Borges chose Lady Gaga, and not only for the echo that would pave his heavenly journey but as a benefactor, leaving the last of his life’s dealings to his icon. Five hundred dollars would go to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, $500 to the Trevor Project, $521.56 to the Human Rights Campaign and almost $2,500 to his rescuer, Jennifer McGuire for her upcoming same-sex wedding. “I want it to go where it deserves; to life, love and equality.” READ MORE:- http://gayusathemovie.com/2012/01/gay-teen-suicide-wills-money-to-lady-gaga/
ERIC James Favorite Quotes (from FB
QuotationsCarry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
“To the person in the Bell Jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is a bad dream.” -Sylvia Plath
You wouldn’t worry as much about what people think of you if you knew how seldom they do.
“EricJames, I tried to think of something clever to say back to you…but I got nothin.” –English Professor
“Isn’t it funny that the people who are the quickest to take someone’s basic rights to happiness are always the loudest to scream when someone attacks their right to do so?” – Rob Thomas
“It (the Bible) is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.” -Mark Twain
“There is one notable thing about our Christianity: bad, bloody, merciless, money-grabbing, and predatory. The invention of hell measured by our Christianity of today, bad as it is, hypocritical as it is, empty and hollow as it is, neither the deity nor his son is a Christian, nor qualified for that moderately high place. Ours is a terrible religion. The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilled.” -Mark Twain
Born this way and ostracized by so many is cruelty of the worst kind.