Gabi Clayton's Guestbook #35 - From 2/25/02 to 3/19/02
Note: This guestbook reads from the bottom of the page up. -- Gabi


  Tuesday 03/19/2002 0:59:54am
Name: Andy Christenson
E-Mail: christenson.2@wright.edu
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Location: Dayton, Ohio
Comments: i came across this page completely by accident. i cannot express in words how shocked i was at reading Bills story. it has been a long time since i have seen or heard of a family as understanding as yours. reading what his life was all about, i think it would have really been something special to know Bill in real life. i am originally from Olympia but moved as a child and havent visited my relatives in about 6 years. i think we would have been friends had i stayed...



  Monday 03/18/2002 6:54:57pm
Name: Marlon K. Barbour
E-Mail: barbourm@usa.redcross.org
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Location: Toledo,ohio
Comments: The story about your son and his brief,but couragous life is very touching, he must have been a very wonderful son? I am the coordinator of the Men of Color Project Inc. a HIV/AIDS intervention program that serves the communities of color in Toledo, Ohio. I would like to use the story about your son to share with parents of gay and bisexual teens of color in Toledo. The story of your son is the perfect example of how and why a parent(s) can be supportative of their child.



  Monday 03/18/2002 12:14:56am
Name: Daniela
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Comments: I happened to stumble across this page while doing research for a project. I can relate to many of the feelings discussed and I am very sorry that you had to experience such a loss. It is difficult to find parents (or anyone for that matter) who can be understanding and accepting as you were to your son... you are a great example and I hope that God blesses you and that your story can continue to help others.



  Sunday 03/17/2002 12:13:45am
Name: Marcia
E-Mail: Nocturnal_Luna@hotmail.com
Homepage: Arkane Asphyxiation
Homepage URL: http://www.darkhosts.com/arkana/arkaneasphyxiation.html
Location: Bakersfield
Comments: I just wanted to say that even tho in the end suicide over came Bill, he was brave till the very end. I hope that his death will not of been in vain. I truely hope that your community and others around it as well as everywhere. Will learn something from this tragedy. You have my deepest sympathies. His physical body is gone...but his spirit will live on forever...



  Saturday 03/16/2002 3:26:21am
Name: Nick Sykes
E-Mail: nicksykes2001@hotmail.com
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Location: Cheshire, UK
Comments: To Gabi, Alec and Noel

I was very touched by your website tribute to the memory of Bill. The torch of his bravery is being passed across the world thanks to your work.

I feel that Bill has lived beyond 17 years as his spirit is identifiable around the globe in all young people.

Thank you for allowing us to share in his life and to be proud of things that Bill, and all of us that are like him, understand and carry within us.

With Love
Nick



  Friday 03/15/2002 11:12:13am
Name: Alex
E-Mail: Jepio11@aol.com
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Location: Los Angeles, CA
Comments: WOW, im very sorry for what happened to Bill. i'm myself heterosexual and just 17 years old but i can understand some of what you are going though, having gay friends myself. i fully sopport your cause and an willing to help stop hate crimes. my sincere affection to you, your family and your friends also affected by hate crimes.



  Wednesday 03/13/2002 4:34:49pm
Name: Michele
E-Mail: WSaphire@aol.om
Homepage: N/A
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Location: New Castle, Delaware
Comments: I was moved and touched and at the same time heart broken by the story of you son's life after he became open about his sexuality. I, like most people who read this story, because enraged by all the meaningless hell he had to face, just to feel comfortable with who he was. I'm not gay, but I do have gay friends, that I try to protect from such things. When I read this story I though abut them, and I for one want to support in anyway possble. My heart gose out to you and the rest of your family.



  Wednesday 03/13/2002 12:57:35am
Name: Julie Dee Court
E-Mail: TruckLover23@hotmail.com
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Location: Utah
Comments: I have no idea really of what to say. I am so angery that these acts to your son, or to anyone have to happen. I am bisexual myself and am disgusted by the things that people who are 'different' have to go through. My friend is putting together a interactive theatre project for a class assignment, and he asked me to study up on Bill's story and write a monologe on it, to tell everyone about Bill and what can happen to someone just cause someone else was not educated about sexuality or, just cause they didn't know who this person was. I have sat at these computers in the libary and cried my eyes out. I feel so much for your family and for Bill. I hope that with my words in my friends interactive theatre I can touch someone to understand that these are people to. Just different, but that does not mean we can beat them up physicaly, mentaly, or even emotionaly, and it happens everyday. Thank you for sharing Bill's story with the world, and for your strenght to endure all of this shit that people have thrown out at you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!



  Wednesday 03/13/2002 8:34:39am
Name: Judy Little
E-Mail: judylee_02@yahoo.com
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Comments: I feel touched by Bill's story. I have many friends who are bisexual and gay, and as for now are safe. I often worry far too much. I know that it's good that they be open about their sexuality, but it's dangerous in our society; too many people are dangerous. I also have a mother who is openly gay and it has caused many problems within our family between my grandparents and my older sister, It's really nice to see a family that is so supportive as yours. Thank You.



  Tuesday 03/12/2002 8:26:21pm
Name: Jenri
E-Mail: JDEPoet84@aol.com
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Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Comments: I am somewhat in the situation as your son was. My only problem is actually letting others know about my sexuality, though my mother is very understanding, she says that it's no ones business, but I feel that I am inadequate. As if I am denying myself of further possibilities in life. It really hurts sometimes when she says that she won't allow me to bring home a male if the time came. I've read the article like three times and each time it touches me more and more. I hope that one day I can say loud and proud that I am bisexual.

Jenri



  Tuesday 03/12/2002 11:07:29am
Name: Dee Melhorn
E-Mail: skaterd80@hotmail.com
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Comments: I can't sit here and tell you that i relate to anything that you or your family has gone through. I am straight but i agree with being open about your sexuality and i too hope more people will come to their senses and join us too. Sorry about your loss but remember Bill is in a far better place than what we are. God Bless!



  Saturday 03/09/2002 7:55:14am
Name: christopher castillo
E-Mail: frigite77@hotmail.com
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Location: philippines
Comments: wow! u are one great mom! i'm also 17 years old, and i have read Bill's story. I fell in-love with him the moment i knew what happened. thank you because am now more confident with my sexuality and i am so inspired by his life. It has been an eye-opener for me and i also grieve for your loss. Even though it has been 6 years already, i am thankful to God that i have found this site and as a Christian, my parents themselves had brought me with the idea that being gay/bi will make me lonely or sinful. But i believe that not being yourself would be lonelier. And i would risk my life to be myself, because mny may hate/despise me for who i am. But i will also be loved by many because who i am. Thanks to your son. I love him so much, And i think taht a lot of people would feel the same way too. I love Bill, thanks for bringing him to the world and thanks for being there for him. It is never your fault, miss gabi, you have done EVERY thing a perfect mom could have done (get that with sum1 with a homophobic mum!). thank you and God Bless! best wishes



  Friday 03/08/2002 6:32:57pm
Name: sr
E-Mail: lamarhalfpintaol@.com
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Comments: i do'nt think it is fair that anyone should have to take their life because of things people say we should all be equal i mean if my child was gay i would love him just the way they are and i also think of bill as a guardian angle watching over that special person and i also think that when someone dies another person is born just think bill is not being beat up anymore or being hurt anymore all i can say is that he has the greatest love protecting him and not being ashamed of who he is that being is God



  Wednesday 03/06/2002 7:06:08am
Name: Skip
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Location: wouldnt you like to know
Comments: Even though i am against gays i think that people commiting hate crimes are wrong i think that if a person is gay thats their choice i mean gay people are humans too just like you and me they just think didffrently they should have the same rights as a married couple



  Wednesday 03/06/2002 7:03:39am
Name: Ashlee
E-Mail: SuperWoman1108@hotmail.com
Homepage: Ashlee's Site
Homepage URL: http://www.fortunecity.com/meltingpot/chile/61/
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Comments: I'm very sorry about your loss. I'm 14 years old and i'm doing an essay on The Rights of Gay People and i think this site is very inforative.Thank you and I'm very sorry.



  Tuesday 03/05/2002 2:42:40pm
Name: Rick
E-Mail: coolguylover@iwon.com
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Location: Jackson,Ala
Comments: Its sad that bill lost his life for only being gay.Its also a shame that this country doesn't repect all of its citizens.God made gays also in his image. God never made anything wrong.
His real plan for mankind was that all was to get along with each other.And to repect each others rights to live their lives as they choose to live their life.
Without state or goverment getting into their very personal lives.God also said love one another as thy would themselves.
There are plenty of hate preaching hate mongers that only turn the whole world upside down.They twist gods word only they leave out the parts that doesn't fit their own agenda.Half truths I say!
As for me I take people by their hearts and how they treat their fellow mankind.
There are way two many preachers that claim to be preaching gods words only to use half of the gods meaning.
Gods first said love one another as thy would theyself.



  Monday 03/04/2002 11:17:42am
Name: Joanie Keith
E-Mail: starndanite2002@aol.com
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Location: Lumberton, Texas
Comments: I am doing a persuasive in speech in Communcations class. I chose the topic of "Why you shouldn't commit suicide." I chose this topic because I have been there and it isn't somewhere where I liked being. Its been almost a year since I went in to the hospital and things have changed greatly in my life. I wanted to express how much I feel for you and you're family. I know that really doesn't help with your pain but it is the least I could do. Thank you for sharing your son's story with everyone. Its helped me and maybe others realize that there isn't a need for violence. Again, Thank You.



  Monday 03/04/2002 0:29:18am
Name: Mohamed Azam Ramly
E-Mail: azam7@msn.com
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Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Comments: I came across Billís anecdote while reading stories on mostbeautiful.com. I was extremely appalled with the kind of obstacles that your son had to go through and I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I would say that Bill was a very fortunate individual to have a family that has been greatly supportive of his decision.

I wish your family and you a great success in fighting this battle against hatred and violence.



  Saturday 03/02/2002 11:48:54am
Name: Marcio Lichtenfels
E-Mail: maral54@hotmail.com
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Location: Nottingham U.K.
Comments: Firt let say how touched Iam to read your beloved son's story, and extend my best wishes for you and your family.

Marcio



  Thursday 02/28/2002 7:01:48am
Name: carol
E-Mail: ms_shankly49@hotmail.com
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Location: daytona beach, florida
Comments: i was just surfing the net when i came across your tribute. im not gay and really dont know any gay/lesbians, but this touched me. i can tell you love your son and miss him very much. thank you for sharing your story, im positive that billys life, struggles, and death will open some eyes. god bless you



  Wednesday 02/27/2002 9:27:48pm
Name: Taleigha Blankenship
E-Mail: taleigha@zoominternet.net
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Comments: I'm so sorry you lost your son. I think it is terrible that gays and bisexuals have to live in fear for their life. I have friends that are gay and they are some of my best friends. I wish people could understand just because someone else is gay doesn't make them a bad person.
Sincerely,
Taleigha



  Wednesday 02/27/2002 12:22:42am
Name: John Paul
E-Mail: AngelofNight411@netscape.net
Homepage: None
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Location: Austin, Texas
Comments: I just finished reading about Bill's story. I am very sad to hear such a thing that people could do to other people due to there sexual orientation. I feel his pain and I myself had had to deal with the harrassment and comments because I am gay. No one deserves such a punishment for who they are! I hope and pray for Bill's family and friends and I hope the best for all the people in the world who are coming out, there are people out there that care!!!

John Paul



  Tuesday 02/26/2002 10:21:27am
Name: Colleen
E-Mail: Charri1054@aol.com
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Location: Detroit, MI USA
Comments: As a woman who is "straight, but not narrow", I applaud you having the courage and compassion to not only tell your story, but encourage others to do the same.

God Bless,

Colleen



  Monday 02/25/2002 6:39:37pm
Name: Johan Thorsell
E-Mail: j@thorsell.net
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Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Comments: I just want to thank you...



  Monday 02/25/2002 12:42:46am
Name: Glenn
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Location: Northern Ireland
Comments: As a young gay man, I would like to share my condolences, and I would also like to thank you. I share your views that something must be done against hate crimes, and it is great that you have created this site. Unfortunately, there are unfortunately not enough people like you. It's difficult to speak out as, and it is greatly appreciated that you do speak out. As you said, silence is the problem. You are helping to break this silence. I would also like to make a point concerning the donation of organs and blood. Up until a while ago, i had always wanted to give blood, but i recently found out that i was part of a high-risk group. This shocked me and i was very disappointed. This has to change. Even though the majority of homosexuals/bisexuals are probably HIV negative, we are treated as if we are HIV positive, and although there may be people dying because they need blood or a transplant, we can not give it to them because we are high-risk. As small as it is, I give you my support and i thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.



  Monday 02/25/2002 7:08:09am
Name: Gabi Clayton
E-Mail:
Homepage: the index page & more about Bill
Homepage URL: http://www.youth-guard.org/gabi/respondex.html
Location: Olympia, WA
Comments: This new guestbook was started on 2/25/02. Links to pages with all the past responses to Bill's story are on the page link above. Thank you so much for signing my guestbook. Love, Gabi

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