A month ago, 19 year-old gay filmmaker Eric James Borges recorded a video for the It Gets Better Project. In it, he talks about overcoming his own struggles (he was rejected by his biological family) and his suicide-prevention work with The Trevor Project. He comes across as a an intelligent, strong young man with a lot to offer our community.
With so much promise, strength and the availability of resources, it seems impossible that Eric James did the unimaginable. On Wednesday, he took his own life.
We don’t know that Eric James committed suicide because he was gay or because his family rejected him. But we do know that LGBT individuals are several times more likely to commit suicide than their straight peers. And each time this happens, it’s as though a piece of our collective soul is snuffed out. I can’t help but feel that, as people like Eric James continue to fall through the cracks, we’ve failed them. And to think that the pain of staying in this world was greater than the pain to leave it, my heart is broken.
As I really don’t know what else to say, watch a short film that Eric James uploaded to YouTube. May he rest in peace.