Tyler's Birthday

Make a Wish for Tyler’s Birthday

On December 19th, we invite you to remember Tyler by sharing a special wish in his memory.

Portrait of Tyler Clementi

December 19th would have been Tyler’s 26th birthday. On this occasion, we invite you — and all Upstanders — to make a wish and share it on social media.

You can also support Tyler’s legacy by spreading the word about the Tyler Clementi Foundation and taking action to end bullying.

In the spirit of Tyler's Suite "I Wish", we would like to know what you would wish for on Tyler's birthday.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cindy B. from Flemington
I wish that every person would stop and take a moment to really look and listen at what they say and do. How words spoken can hurt but they can also lift someone up in need. Choose your words carefully. Also,Actions speak louder than words. Be kind. To yourself. And to others.
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Danielle Malloy from Fort Washington
I wish that Tyler never had to endure the horrendous bullying and humiliation that led him to end his life. I wish that Tyler's story will continue to inspire many around the world to become upstanders who fight for change. I wish that Tyler's spirit lives on. He was a beautiful soul. Happy (belated) birthday Tyler.
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John Duntley from Hudson WI
In the memorable words of a child at Y camp, "I like that they all be kind, they all kind to me". MAY children and adults EVERYONE be kind to one another. (Happy BDay Tyler)
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Cindy from Brookfield
I wish that our public schools would begin social- emotional learning programs for children and their parents beginning in preschool through high school. Compassion requires skills that need to be taught and practiced and reinforced throughout our communities.
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Victor Tellez Cabrera from Brooklyn, NY
for everyone to realize that our differences are not meant to segregate but to unify. Be an upstander and know you can make the difference. #NotOneMore
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lisa from garden city
I wish this never happened. Taken too soon. Love shall conquer hate. All should be held accountable for their "hate" and hurting of others! We need to find the root of this evil act..I wish more money would be spent on the study of the human mind, why and what causes such people to try and destroy innocent people like Tyler. I wish Tyler Happy Birthday, my heart aches for the suffering you had to endure.
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Helen from Newcastle, Australia
Tyler inspired me to fight for change. After I read about him, I joined the LGBTIQ community and marched, signed petitions, wrote to politicians, and engaged with strangers on social media. In 2017, Australia finally legalised Marriage Equality. I thought of Tyler often that week. I wish people would be more compassionate towards people who are different.
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Daphne Lorraine Easter from Mesa
I wish he was with us
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Ron Schmidt from San Francisco
I still ache for Tyler. I still trust that humans will understand and embrace the differences that distinguish our individuality.
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Daniel from Greenwich
In some ways I wish that those who bully and humiliate could switch bodies with those that bully.i wish only once they would feel the pain and suffering they cause.i know that anger is not the best way,but it angers me to the point of wanting to physically humiliate a bully in front of his peers.only then do they truly learn.i don't know, maybe sometimes you have to fight fire with fire.i for one would lay down my life in the name of protecting those who do not know how to defend and cope with this problem.i also wish that we start a tidal wave of awareness so strong that it suffocates all thought of bullying and humiliation forever more.
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Merryl Dietz from Wyckoff
Praying for acceptance for all Gods children, Tyler did not die in vain!
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Katey Aquilina from Philadelphia
I wish that people would treat each other with kindness and compassion. I wish that we all would live as upstanders.
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Tilley Garcia from Annapolis! Md
Happy Birthday! Tyler May I lived to honor your legacy. By my own example and through my grown children and grandkids.Hugs
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I wish for respect and dignity for ALL!
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Joseph Menard from Burlington, VT.
Peace On Earth.
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Stephen Mead from Albany
Dear Tyler: Hard to believe...26 years-old you would be today. I wish for your spirit to know all the loving work being done in your name. Stephen?
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James Robinson from Irving
I wish that the spirit of Tyler lives on forever, that future generations of LGBTQ+ youth are never bullied, and that love never ends.
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Georgia Robinson from Roanoke, VA
I wish that those suffering suicidal ideation make the choice to seek help instead of suffering in silence.
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Erin Green from Los Angeles
I wish we could so much that people would feel safe in that love to be who they are. -Erin Green
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Lisa-Michelle Kucharz
My wish for Tyler’s birthday is for more people to be inspired to lead with empathy and respect, and for all states to pass bullying and cyberbullying prevention laws, including 100% notification to parents or guardians of incidences reported to schools.
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Felix Kauye from Manchester
I wish for people to respect one another no matter where they come from. I wish to stand up to bullying and help make the world a better place.
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Danielle Lynette from Littleton CO
I wish that love trumps all hate this holiday season and for the years to come!
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Laura Birk from Chicago, IL
I wish to have every child feel loved this Special day and throughout the holidays in honor of Tyler.
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Michelle Bafik-Vehslage from San Antonio
My wish is for humanity to return to all. Love not Hate.
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Liz Elaine LaVenture from Eugene
To honor Tyler; I vow to promote Respect, welcome Diversity, and Fight Bullying !!
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Aluísio Leite from Los Angeles, CA
My wish is that people think before they act and speak, that they are kinder to one another, so that wonderful people like Tyler won't feel that they aren't worthy, so that we won't have tragic losses of this kind, and so that we don't need to be activists for something that should be just basic human decency, love and respect. Dear Tyler; you will never be forgotten.
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Caryn Reed-Hendon from Southfield, MI
My wish, on Tyler's birthday, is that we continue to have many, many, many more upstanders who fight and win for what is right and good so that we can all live in a just and peaceful world.
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Kurt from Atlantic City, NJ
My wish is for all people to be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of age, gender, religion or political affiliation.
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Mary Voss from Manitowoc, WI
My wish on Tyler's birthday is that people would be kinder to one another, that people will respect one another, that people would rejoice in the beauty of uniqueness and individuality,and most importantly to learn about each other, to know one another and find joy not hate each day.
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Ray Welsh from Paramus
... the continued grace to be able work in our communities creating environments that break stigma. May our collaborative efforts foster a culture of inclusion where difficult things can be discussed honestly without fear of harsh consequence. Thanks for the Life you Give Happy Birthday
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Barbara Ann Beisler from Round Hill
I wish that in memory of Tyler that we remember to treat each other with respect and kindness, to see each other as loving flawed individuals all trying to do our best. Happy birthday to the beautiful little red headed boy. ❤️
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Tracy from East Hampton
My wish for Tyler's birthday is for the children who feel there is no other option but to take their own lives bc of bullying, that someone is there to step up, stop the suicide and get help for these tormented souls
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Lisa Lutter from Ramapo
I wish peace for all who knew and loved Tyler. May they feel sure that, through the efforts of the Foundation, his too short life has become a beacon, lighting a better path for countless others.
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Dab Garner from Boise
Dab the Anti-bullying Bear and I wish that all people would treat others the way they want to be treated. Hate is far more a choice than sexuality and gender identity will ever be.
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Jeanne Ashcraft from Anchorage AK
My wish for Tyler's birthday is that the citizens of Anchorage will defeat Prop. 1 at the polls in April and keep Anchorage a safe and inclusive city for our transgender family members, friends, coworkers and neighbors.
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Rick from Gap
I wish we can all be proud to be who we are. Not feeling shame and disappointment. Happy Birthday, Tyler.
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lisa viggiano from glen rock
I wish that my upstander-speech-language work with middle school and high school students can make a difference and share Tyler’s light and legacy.
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Jason Cianciotto from Astoria
In honor and memory of Tyler, I will do my best to live the golden rule, by treating others the way I want them to treat me, on and offline.
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Kymm from NJ
Wishing for peace and kindness for all in our world in Tyler’s honor. Xo
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Rich from Washington D.C.
I am wishing for tolerance and acceptance from all.
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Christine Young from New York
I am wishing for a culture of kindness.
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Shane Lukas from Durham, North Carolina
I wish that we would all embrace kindness whether offline or online.
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