Friday, January 13, 2012

Gay teen filmmaker & Trevor Project intern
commits suicide

Towleroad reports: Eric James Borges, a gay teen filmmaker from Visalia, California and intern with the Trevor Project, took his own life this week just a month after posting an 'It Gets Better' video.

The video chronicled some of the personal troubles he had been through in his past, which included both bullying and an exorcism which his own parents had performed on him in an attempt to turn him straight.

Blogger Jim Reeves writes about Borges' death in a recollection on his blog, Queer Landia. An event page for Borges' memorial has also been set up on Facebook.

A statement released by Laura McGinnis, the Communications Director at The Trevor Project, reads:
We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic death of Eric James Borges, and our hearts go out to his family and friends, and his community. Eric James was a dedicated, trained volunteer. Our main concern right now is that those affected by his death feel supported and can get the care they need. If you or someone you know needs support, please don’t hesitate to call the Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386
Borges also made short films, one of which you can see below:

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