Jane Clementi, co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, whose son Tyler committed suicide after he became the victim of homophobic cyberbullying, released her own statement in honor of the day.
“Coming Out Day should be a day of celebration; a day when LGBTQ people are able to publicly and confidently share who they are and who they love. But for many young people, the decision to come out as LGBTQ would be a choice that could leave them rejected by their families, condemned by their faith communities, expelled from school and quite possibly even without a home,” Clementi said.
“The Tyler Clementi Foundation salutes the schools, teams and youth groups that celebrate Coming Out Day and who lift up and embrace their peers who come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming or queer,” she added. “We call on young people to be Upstanders who can make their friends, classmates and teammates feel safe to be themselves. We call on parents to remember that their decision to embrace their child who is LGBTQ could be the difference between life and death.”