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10 years after son’s suicide, Tyler Clementi’s mom says no LGBTQ person should feel ‘unworthy’

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BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — Jane Clementi packed the belongings from her home in Ridgewood, where she and her husband had lived for 31 years and raised three boys, into dozens of boxes for her move in February.

Into one of those boxes, she placed the writings that her youngest son, Tyler, had scrawled on loose paper and in the back of spiral and marble notebooks. For a decade, she’d been too distraught to read them. But a few weeks ago, she sat down and finally opened the pages .

What she read, nearly 10 years after Tyler killed himself so publicly – sparking a national conversation about suicide, mental health and LGBTQ youth – broke her heart all over again:

There is nothing in this world that I love or at least nothing I allow myself to love. I just want to go home. I just want to be deleted.

On Sept. 22, 2010, just days after starting classes at Rutgers University, Tyler jumped from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate used a webcam to spy on him during a romantic encounter with another man and then invited others on social media to watch. The 18-year-old’s death drew global attention […]

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