My Name Wasn’t Eric. It Was “Faggot.”

EricJames Borges committed suicide two days ago. He was only 19 years old. His Fundamentalist Christian parents had kicked him out after having tried and failed to “exorcize” the gayness from him. He had been mercilessly bullied in school, even in the classroom where a teacher was present. His sense of self-worth was so bruised and battered that not even an emerging support network was able to save him.

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