Quote from Daniel Radcliffe on Recent Wave of Suicides Following anti-LGBT Bullying
Having covered his PSA on behalf of the Trevor Project, as we posted back in May, MTV have gone to Daniel for a quote in response to the recent tragic wave of American teenagers who have been forced to take their own lives rather than continue to deal with abuse from their peers.
“Learning about the suicide deaths of Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh, Asher Walker, Billy Lucas and Justin Aaberg has been heartbreaking for me. These young people were bullied and tormented by people that should have been their friends,” Radcliffe said. “We have a responsibility to be better to each other, and accept each others’ differences regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ability, or religion and stand up for someone when they’re bullied.”
Radcliffe also urged people to reach out if they believe a pal may be considering suicide.
“When a friend is feeling depressed or says they’re thinking of killing themselves, we must take it seriously and get them help,” Radcliffe continued, before directing young people to the website of the Trevor Project, an organization he has championed that provides support for LGBT youth and runs a 24-hour crisis-prevention hotline.
“My deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of these excellent young people. And to all the young people who are being bullied right now, you are not alone. Call the Trevor Lifeline at 866 4-U-TREVOR, because there’s always someone there who will listen and who can help.”
Let us hope that this high profile message reaches troubled ears in time.