Jamey Rodemeyer is one of our Mindful Heroes. Jamey was a 14-year-old freshman at Williamsville North High School in Buffalo, New York struggling with horrible homophobic bullying at his school. He continually blogged about how horrifying and intense the bullying continued to be. He felt as if no one was listening.
Jamey joined the innovative project for gay teens who are fearful and bullied called “It Gets Better Project.” The “It Gets Better Project” gives hope and community to suicidal gay and bisexual children. The project was started when it was discovered that 90 percent of gay youth are bullied regularly. about his torture and suffering at the hands of these bullies. Jamey’s last post on his blog was, “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen?”
In his blogs, Jamey Rodemeyer talked about his torture and suffering at the hands of these bullies. Jamey’s last post on his blog was, “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen?”
Less than two weeks after this post, Jamey took his life. Jamey is our mindful hero because he never responded with hate to his perpetrators but tried to find healing and wholeness in being honest and discovering a new community. In his short life, Jamey brought truth, kindness, and awareness to a world riddled with hate and prejudice for the gay community.
Let us all take a moment to remember Jamey and hold him as a symbol of intolerance, hate, and brutality that a mindful community must confront. We must discover new methods of teaching and healing the perpetrators of such hate and violence.
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