Gabi Clayton's Guestbook #40 - From 10/18/02 to 12/15/02
Note: This guestbook reads from the bottom of the page up. -- Gabi

Sunday 12/15/2002 0:19:55am
Name: Jeannine
E-Mail: angel36637@hotmail.com
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Location: California
Comments: I just wanted to say that this was very touching to me. I am doing a research paper on Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual adolescent suicide in th US and I plan on using some examples from Bill's life. My sister is a 15 year old lesbian and has tried to commit suicide numerous times, so I can kinda relate to the story. I just wanted to thank you for sharing this story.

Saturday 12/14/2002 2:02:08pm
Name: Steve Moyer
E-Mail: steve@peaceroom.net
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Homepage URL: http://nodes.net/steve
Location: Vermont
Comments: Wow. This story really affected me since I lived in Olympia Washington at
about the time this happened. I feel responsible in an odd way since I'm
bisexual and have hidden that fact from the world. Perhaps if I had been more open about my own sexual feelings the world, and Olympia, would be a different place. In any case, I can only go on from the present moment and start by saying that I feel close to Bill's spirit. It could have been me.
How can I help? What needs to be done? Please write me with your ideas.
Blessings! Steve

Friday 12/13/2002 1:30:27pm
Name: Bill
E-Mail: willa@sti.net
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Location: Central California
Comments: Hi.... wow.... have spent last hour or so reading of you and your family.... I'm also a "Mister Bill" of sorts.... my heart both "hurts" and feels "joy" on learning of pain, growth and potential of/for healing of individuals, groups, "communities" and God willing our country and world....

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Gabi, Alec and "Mister Bill".... may you find rich blessings at every turn....

Friday 12/13/2002 10:48:26am
Name: Jeanine Blankman
E-Mail: justme_51@hotmail.com
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Comments: I am truly touch by your story. Your son sounds like he was a wondwrful person. We need more people like that in this world.

I don't know what is like to have a gay child, however I do know what is like to experience hatered. My children are multiracial and I see alot of ignorant and scared people out there.

The best we can do is love our children for who and what they are and hope GOD is watching out for them.

God Bless

Friday 12/13/2002 6:50:36am
Name: JAMES EDWARD HOPE
E-Mail: jgreyfalcon@aol.com
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Location: Greeneville,Tennessee
Comments: I am 36 soon to be 37.When I was about 6 I was molested by my ex stepdad,he threaten to take the life of my mom and 2 brothers and sister if I told anyone.He continued to vialate me until their divorce when i was 8.My mom was pregnant with his child when this began.I am gay,I have admitted that to myself now but not to my family for fear of losing them after what I feel as giving up my life to protect them.So I can understand your sons depression and loss in this world.I married when I was 24 but am divorced and raising my son alone.He is my life.Wish I had been there to try and help your son.
EDDIE 12-12-02

Thursday 12/12/2002 9:36:35am
Name: Nick Lister
E-Mail: naughtygranny@yahoo.com
Homepage:
Homepage URL: http://berlinboy.easyjournal.com
Location: Manchester, England, UK, Europe
Comments: A very touching story. I'd like to thank Gabi for the positive work she has done and is doing as a result of this. I'll probably never meet her but I know the results of her work can only be positive in country where the extreme religious right holds so much influence.

The United Kingdom is about to legally recognise long-term homosexual relationships in the same way it already does with heterosexuals (most of the EU has done so for years, and the Netherlands has FULL equality), so things are moving in the right direction.

It will be a great day when the US catches up with the rest of the civilised world, and gay people there are treated as equals, as we are finally beginning to be treated in Europe.

Tuesday 12/10/2002 6:22:13pm
Name: Ashley Rathsack
E-Mail: smoochi85@yahoo.com
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Location: Menasha Wisconsin
Comments: I fell very suicidal alot and don't know how to get through it I read the story and just cried and I havent been able to cry for a very long time. Thank you and god bless

Tuesday 12/10/2002 10:47:24am
Name: Robert
E-Mail: robertbaral@yahoo.co.in
Homepage:
Homepage URL: Note from Gabi -- I have removed this url. This man has signed my guestbook before and he is doing this to get people to his website. I leave his message here so people can see the hate and ignorance. But I won't advertise his website.
Location: USSA
Comments: While I offer my condolences to you and your family over the tragic loss of your son, you should not be promoting the dangerous, distressed, diseased, deadly and damnable sin of homosexuality.

I offer my words of wisdom at the link above from my website for those seeking help of a different nature!

Here are but a few article titles that may be of assistance to those combating the sinful temptations of the condition of homosexuality:

*HOW TO HALT AIDS - A NURSE'S SECRET WEAPON - TELL THE TRUTH!

*WHY DID 9-11 HAPPEN - AMERICA THE MODERN SODOM & GAMORRAH?

*HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOURS FUELING STD'S AND AIDS EPIDEMICS

*HIV/AIDS STATISTICS FROM THE US NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH

*WHAT GOD SAYS IN THE BIBLE ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY

IF you truely seek GOD, you will find your peace.

Yours,

Robert

Monday 12/09/2002 11:30:12pm
Name: Sammi Noto
E-Mail: batonrougeghettostar@yahoo.com
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Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Comments: Hi,
I am a 19 year old female from Louisiana and I myself am bisexual and I just wanted to let you know that I was very touched by Bills' story and I would like to help out in anyway that I can!!

Sunday 12/08/2002 4:29:06pm
Name: Sarah Allard
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Location: Maine
Comments: Gabi, I am very touched by your story. I am also an open lesbian, whom is also transgender. I too go through the same suffering that Bill went through. Luckly I have lots of friends that support me and are also like me (gay) and I have family that excepts me. I am proud to be the way I am and I find it very encouraging to others that you two have been able to write such a story, as I know its hard to cope with a tragidy, such as this. I bless your heart and wish you the best of luck with changing the minds of others. I'm having a hard time changning the minds of some. But remember, "Not one person can build a city, you do eventually need help... And there is some out there..."

Wednesday 12/04/2002 7:39:29pm
Name: nancy bourdon
E-Mail: sophsgran@aol.com
Homepage: none
Homepage URL: http://none
Location: Kingston Ontario Canada
Comments: Thanks for all your hard work it is extremely helpful and well organised

Wednesday 12/04/2002 3:56:29pm
Name: allan Ferguson
E-Mail: fergam@hotmail.com
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Location: saudi arabia
Comments: For once in my life, I am at a loss for words. Bill's story brought back many memories of my growing up in a conserative Catholic town. Fortunately, my incidents of homophobia were not as horrific as those of Bill's. However, reading Bill's story made me realize that I was not alone in how I felt. I wish I had the chance to have met Bill. Today, the world is a much poorer place without Bill. Although I have never met him, I feel in the way that I have and now my heart too feels the loss of not having Bill with us any longer. To his parents, I would like to say to you that Bill would not have wanted to cause you any pain with his death, but, believe me, there are times when one feels that death is the lesser of two evils. I wish I could say some majic words to ease your pain. All that I can say is that your web-site has helped me more than you will ever know. I hope that it can also help other young men and women dealing with their coming out. It is a fantastic jesture in memory of your son Bill. Thanks for taking the time to help others when we should be helping you with your loss of Bill. Take care, God Bless. Allan

Wednesday 12/04/2002 1:39:01pm
Name: Steph
E-Mail: LaxChick1916@stny.rr.com
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Comments: This story brought tears to my eyes. I have a very good friend who is homosexual and he is also discriminated against. I pray for Bill's family, all other bisexuals and homosexuals that others be able to see the wonderful people that they really are.

Wednesday 12/04/2002 8:28:27am
Name: Michelle Van Oeveren
E-Mail: mvanoeverenshs@yahoo.com
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Comments: This story has truly inspired me. I plan to do something to help. Currently I am working on a White Ribbon Campaign project and I plan to give presentations on homosexual tolerance. Hopefully my work will stop more discrimination and hate. Maybe then others will never have to face the horror bill did.

Monday 12/02/2002 11:59:02am
Name: Eric Reece
E-Mail: Obrian_30@yahoo.com
Homepage: www.arequality.net
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Location: Little Rock, AR.
Comments: Hey Gabi, i was visting your website to use your resource page with a youth group here in AR. I hope you and alec are doing well. I miss talking to ya.

peace
eric r.

Monday 12/02/2002 10:51:42am
Name: Nate Hoffer
E-Mail: manheimteen@netscape.net
Homepage:
Homepage URL: http://www.faceparty.com/nate412
Location: Manheim, PA, USA
Comments: I am soo sorry. Hopefully Bill's story along with many others will help to change the world and make it more accepting of non-straight population. I can only think of a song be DC Talk called "What Have We Become". Just on a personal note, I think that the people that attacked Bill should have gotten a more servere sentance. thank you for sharing his story. God Bless,
Nate

Monday 12/02/2002 10:33:09am
Name: Kelly Whitney
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Comments: This is a wonderful thing to share your story with others. Thank you

Sunday 12/01/2002 12:44:44am
Name: phil
E-Mail: philipcbr600@aol.com
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Location: uk
Comments: Firstly my most sincere condolences.I came upon this site by accident and do not normally comment on these msg things but I read the comments on page 8 I think form chili or whatever they called themselves I am gay and an ex soldier and have served in Northen Ireland and bosnia and have seen what so called religious types can do and chili seems the same narrow minded I AM RIGHT YOU ARE WRONG kind of pond life who cause more strife than any lifestyle could ever do all I can say is open your mind and hope someone doesn't decide to persecute you.
I may not have made sense but that I know the sentiment I wanted to show.

Sunday 12/01/2002 10:28:17am
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E-Mail: adrian@mk2golf.co.uk
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Location: Midlands England
Comments: Just sutch a shocking story. I have to say he was one brave lad to be so open about him self. I saw the picture he did and thought what a brilliant artist. I know i never new him, but still think its a tragic loss.

Saturday 11/30/2002 8:28:03am
Name: c',)
E-Mail: grinmanila@yahoo.com
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Location: philippines
Comments: bill's story is very touching and gives courage for people like me. although there are only two people in my family who knows about this, they have been very supportive and is telling me to come out and tell my parents. but this is not easy given our culture here which is steeped on machismo (not to mention the moral issues involved, given the very strict brand of Catholicism of our country). this is really a problem for me considering i am already 30.

Friday 11/29/2002 6:48:12am
Name: lucinda
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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Comments: you have told bill's story so beautifully, without hatred and violence. Many people can learn alot from your attitude. Thank you for sharing your loss and experiences.

 
Wednesday 11/27/2002 3:39:07am
Name: Philip
E-Mail: fil89382249@hotmail.com
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Location: UK
Comments: Its such a sad story, but one that lessons can be learned from. There are many people out there that suffer with the anguish of not knowing how they fit into society, but if we all were more tollerant we'd all realise that society is a mixture of all cultures and minorities. Hatred is a terrible thing and i hope that one day people will realise that life is just too precious and love is such a wonderful thing :)
Take care,
Phil
xxx

Monday 11/25/2002 3:25:22pm
Name: Gina
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Location: NYC
Comments: I am deeply sorry for your loss. What happend to Bill was terrible. I respect you a lot for not taking a usual "supportive role" and saying..."I can look beyond that, I love you despite this." You truly took a supportive role, immediately accepting him. I wish all parents of homosexual/bisexuals were more like you. I'm so sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family.

Monday 11/25/2002 2:20:10pm
Name: Jeff Scanlon
E-Mail: jscanlon78@hotmail.com
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Comments: I am so sorry to hear about the unthinkable acts your son had to go through. I am doing a report in college about suicides and that is how I found Bill's Story. I would like to use some of his story to show people just how (for lack of a better word) stupid hatered is. I hope I can show them through Bill's story and others just how wrong this is and how we need to step back and take a closer look. Thank you for letting me into Bill's life.

Monday 11/25/2002 12:27:45am
Name: Jessica
E-Mail: babeez_crazy86@yahoo.com
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Location: ND
Comments: I'm so very sorry to hear about your son and all the things people put you through. I'm using hate crimes as a topic for my speech in school and I'd like to use your story for a part of it if you'd let me.This story has touched my heart more than I could have expected. again, I'm very sorry.

Sunday 11/24/2002 6:46:17pm
Name: Marewa
E-Mail: mudfoxy@hotmail.com
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Location: New Zealand
Comments: Man life is like a river in out around and though i'm 16- 17 and this story has touched me so much i fell like this day but day and this story has turned my life so thank you bill may u R>I>P

love Marewa xoxoxoxoxoxxo

Sunday 11/24/2002 6:07:03pm
Name: Cotrina Mathis
E-Mail: cmathis@bgnet.bgsu.edu
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Comments: I am sorry about the terrible things that happened to you and your son. The only explanation for those terrible things those people said and did to him Is that it was out of ignorance. Ignorance of being able to understand a great person with great personality just because of his sexuality.

Sunday 11/24/2002 10:18:12am
Name: David Twombley
E-Mail: davidlt@iowatelecom.net
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Location: Iowa
Comments: As a retired instrumental music teacher (37 years), and a gay man who surpessed my homosexuality until two years ago....my heart has opened to your story, and I want you to know that I am doing all that I can as an individual to assure that the "Bills" today do not have to go through what your son did.

Saturday 11/23/2002 8:02:48pm
Name: P.W. Desimone
E-Mail: pwdesimone@shaw.ca
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Location: Thunder Bay Canada
Comments: A tradgedy I'm sure which if it happens just once is too often. I feel sorry for the parents of the "gay-bashers", what did they do wrong to instill that kind of intolerance in their children.

Friday 11/22/2002 7:57:03am
Name: Brenda Akinmeji
E-Mail: fak_ng@hotmail.com
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Location: Lagos - Nigeria
Comments: Although I am straight, I know what it feels like to be in a hate situation. I pray God gives you the fortitude to bear your loss. Belive in HIM and DO NOT let Bill's memory die. The loss of a child is the hardest thing any parent can bear, I admire your family's strength and may you continue to grow from strength to strength. But remember one thing, that you must forgive to grow. Difficult it might be but you will overcome.

Friday 11/22/2002 7:16:14am
Name: Loren
E-Mail: preceive48@hotmail.com
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Location: Sanford, Fl
Comments: I am really truely sorry about what happen to your son i hope will pray that one day these hate crimes will no longer be. when we turn out the lights we are all the same color.

Thursday 11/21/2002 1:30:53am
Name: del
E-Mail: timelordz@hotmail.com
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Location: rolla,missouri
Comments:
all you can is ask WHY!

Sunday 11/17/2002 12:30:27am
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E-Mail: hailey.hime@gallaudet.edu
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Comments: I found his story to be very moving and wonderful. I have a Uncle who is gay and I can only imange what his life is like. Only if he had wonderful parents to support him.

Sunday 11/17/2002 0:06:44am
Name: sylvia
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Comments: i'm so sorry. please know that i am with you in your pain and struggle. i am in the struggle myself - tg/ts but not "out" yet. i want to thank your son bill for having done so much for us all. and thank you with all my heart for your website. to know that someone understands and cares brings me tears of joy. my love to you - thank you.

- sylvia

Saturday 11/16/2002 3:34:39pm
Name: Siems Luckwaldt
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Location: Hamburg, Germany
Comments: Dear Gabi and Alec Clayton,
It is 00.21h now and I'm sitting at my desk with tears rolling down my face. But even though the tragic story of Bill and the circumstances that made him choose death over life is a more than sad one to tell it is so important that you share it with all of us. I had to face situations of apparent homophobia too, insults and all, but never was attacked or anything. So I feel lucky and sad because what happened to Bill. Working for a Gay Magazine I try to contribute my share to end hate and violence against gays, bisexuals and transgendered people. If we all join hands we'll make it through! Thank you for being you!!!

Friday 11/15/2002 9:49:27pm
Name: Rob
E-Mail: rob@seamanrob.com
Homepage: Seaman Rob
Homepage URL: http://www.seamanrob.com
Location: East Kent, United Kingdom
Comments: I can't begin to tell you how strange I feel and how saddened at your loss. Strange mainly because comparing my own life at the time (i was also about 16 and coming to terms with coming out) there are so many factors that ring true in my life and I can relate quite deeply with what you write. I sometimes feel the despare that Bill must have felt - even now, but take hope in the future, and the education of the clearly ignorant that we may have a better world for future generations.
God bless and thank you for the chance to see with your eyes.

Friday 11/15/2002 2:15:55pm
Name: Carla Edwards
E-Mail: carlaluvsbrian@yahoo.com
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Location: Dallas,Texas
Comments: I am writing a speech for my spech class regarding hate criems, thank you for sharing your story, i will gladly share it with my class.

god bless you and your family

Wednesday 11/13/2002 10:53:07pm
Name: Larry
E-Mail: L_Dudley@email.com
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Location: Maine
Comments: right now as I sit here I can think clearly.I found this website while looking up information on Gays/bisexuals and depression, because of the suicidal thoughts that I have had. after I saw this I realize that I'm not alone and maybe I need help thank you so much for sharing your story.

Wednesday 11/13/2002 9:43:46pm
Name: Kana Shephard
E-Mail: olywriter@yahoo.com
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Location: GO Zine
Comments: Found your resources page; thank you. A new column in the GO Zine will be about resources and link in the ecommunity. If you have ideas about say a top ten list each month (around the theme or whatnot) it would be great if you could participate. Send me a list with a little brief descriptor and a bio from you, if you so choose. Glad to see you about.. Kana (formerly known as Dano!)

Tuesday 11/12/2002 7:42:37pm
Name: kim parker
E-Mail: kim1016@bellsouth.net
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Location: perkinston, mississippi
Comments: what a wonerful person you are to love your son the way you do. he must have been a wonderful person. as a gay man i can understand all the hate from people in this world. im 40 years old living with aids and my parents still have a hard time understanding my life. all i want is love from them not conditions or GOD will love you more if you would live the right way as they put it. thank you for loving and understanding your son. take and may my GOD bless you and yours always. kim

Monday 11/11/2002 12:08:21am
Name: Edward Duncan
E-Mail: esubben@yahoo.com
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Homepage URL: http://www.geocities.com/esubben
Location: South African
Comments: I am sadden by this story, I as a gay person can relate to this, I do hope that the world can become a better place....Peace and love

Monday 11/11/2002 9:30:49am
Name: Ace
E-Mail: az_the_crazed_vamp@yahoo.se
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Comments: This is such a horrible, horrible story. The tears are still falling and I read this half an hour ago.
I don't understand how people can be so cruel or unfair. I'm gay myself, and I've been through hell and back because of it. But I'm alive and I've got my health.
I am extremely sorry for your loss, and I'm angry that such horrible things as those that happened to Bill is allowed to happen.
It is not right to beat, rape or kill somebody because of their sexuality.
Nothing is more wrong.

Ace.

Thursday 11/07/2002 9:16:22am
Name: Kelley Elaine Roark
E-Mail: Kane159@aol.com
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Comments: This story is very saddening and touching. I am a bisexual female but haven't had to deal with a lot of hate crimes. I've been very lucky. I think it is important for us as a community to work toward the elimination of hate based on sexual orientation and I personally thank you for doing what you are.

Kelley

Monday 11/04/2002 11:35:04pm
Name: Kyle N. Quandel
E-Mail: director@marcuswayman.org
Homepage: Marcus Memorial Campaign
Homepage URL: http://www.marcuswayman.org
Location: PA
Comments: Gabi,

Your endless efforts to fight hate are so commendable. You are a true angel and mentor.

Thank you for everything you do. Know that you are not alone in this battle we wage. We shall overcome the hate and injustice in this world ... peace will prevail thanks to your efforts.

With much love and many blessings,
Kyle

Monday 11/04/2002 7:54:09pm
Name: jill
E-Mail: TommiG23@aol.com
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Location: mass
Comments: i am openly bisexual, though i haven't come out to my parents. i can't even try to imagine how hard it was for bill to go through all the assaults. i'm depressed and suicidal enough without that. i'm deeply sorry for your loss. i too will be fighting to ensure the safety of gays, bisexuals, and transgendered individuals. i hope soon that we will live in a world that isn't so biased on things they don't understand. i never wanted to be bisexual, but i've finally come to realize that i have to be me to truly be happy.

Saturday 11/02/2002 8:32:50pm
Name: Matthew
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Location: Grafton N.S.W Australia
Comments: As i read through Bill's story i shed many tears. I can relate strongly to Bills problems he had and feel deeply emotional about him. i really admire waht you are doing. there will always be gay people in the world and i can only hope that there will always be angelic and compassionate people like yourself. i, myself am a young gay person and constantly feel the heavy burden of homophobia in my community. but i can see that with courage and confidence and assistance from people like yourself, we have a pretty good chance of changing things. once again thankyou for your love and support and desire for equality. it really means something.
yours sincerely
matt

Saturday 11/02/2002 0:19:27am
Name: John E. Merical
E-Mail: Lacirem@aol.com
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Thursday 10/31/2002 11:00:20am
Name: Cher
E-Mail: UTBabes7@aol.com
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Thursday 10/31/2002 7:12:38am
Name: Elisabeth "Betsey" Hartman Sharff
E-Mail: DamarEHS@AOL.com
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Comments: Thanks Gabi for keeping Alex's school chums up to date on his progress. So glad to know he is doing well!

Thursday 10/31/2002 2:50:44am
Name: anth
E-Mail: satanismydad@hotmail.com
Homepage: elephant world
Homepage URL: http://www.geocities.com/elephantworld
Location: UK
Comments: this site is aesome I am 17 and gay I am also A goth and was born in the circus and was there until I was 12 I plan to join in A few yrs I am out to all my friends but not family when I was at skool the whole skool found out basicly I took some s**t for it and the fact I am goth dident help I was the only goth in skool so had no real friends there but out side of skool I had loads of friends that are alwasy there 4 me I have now left skool thank fully and I spend all my time with my friends which r all goths punks akaters and moshas which r more open minded than the general townie as most goths r bi any way I used to think of suicide but I found religon instead (satanism) and no satanism is not devil worshiping it is humanitytry it

hail satan

Wednesday 10/30/2002 10:08:26am
Name: Jennday
E-Mail: jennday2000@yahoo.com
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Location: Indianapolis, IN
Comments: I am with you!! Thank you for sharing Bill's story. It has touched me and I only plan to share it with others.

Wednesday 10/30/2002 6:39:21am
Name: Kaysie
E-Mail: devilsdarkestangel17@yahoo.com
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Location: texas
Comments: your son's story is very touching and meaningful! i too live in this world of hate seeing that i am a lesbian and only 18. i have endured pain in many of the same ways that your son did. but i keep my head held high and press forward for today is all that exsists! i too have many loving family members,friends and supporters that have given me hope to live each day. i was once very suicidal but refused to leave behind my loved ones due to my own hardships! know this always.. bill is with you at all times, loving, caring,and guiding you through life with his helping hand. thank you for writing about your family's tradgedy. sincerely,kaysie

Tuesday 10/29/2002 10:51:19pm
Name: Steven J. S.
E-Mail: SJSchmoll@aol.com
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Location: Greenwood, In.
Comments: Thank you for sharing Bill's story. I'm a student of Social Work and stumbled across this site while working on a Sociology class. I feel for what Bill went through. I've had the opportunity to learn about the experiences of GLBT's here in the Indianapolis are. The lives they have to live aren't happy ones. I totally support your efforts. Please continue for all of the youths yet to come. -Steven-

Tuesday 10/29/2002 10:27:33pm
Name: Chili
E-Mail: chilibowl13@hotmail.com
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Comments: Sounds to me like the kid didn't have a spine. There are kids all over this world facing the same problem. they don't kill themselves. You say you were learning how to deal with children who were being sexually abused, and yet you couldn't spot the symptoms in your own family. Bad job!! You expect my loved one or myself to recieve a transplant from a person associated with a high risk group. Aids does not hate. I blame you for not giving your child the inner strength to survive in this world. I'm in no way perfect but when I'm at the point of breaking down I have a father in heaven to fall upon. It's truly sad that you had to go through this. as I also have had people in my life commit suicide. But to read that you want the Lions club to change their rules to make you feel better really irks me. I guess I could have done what I usually do(If you don't have anything good to say don't say anything) But you need a wake up call. Your son was a deviant who was so wrapped up in his own little world he couldn't see the real suffering out there. and you as a parent failed him by not giving him the building blocks to defend himself and his ideals. There is no hate here just pity.

Tuesday 10/29/2002 11:38:31am
Name: Lisle Boomer
E-Mail: psychoviper79@yahoo.com
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Location: Santa Cruz, California
Comments: thank you for sharing Bill's life with me and many others. recently a transgender youth was murdered in California and i've started looking online to see many other victims of hate crimes. i am 23 years old and a psychology stident at the university of california santa cruz. i am bisexual. one thing that i am learning is that silence keeps the hate alive. i wrote a poem about hate and i'm going to include it. we have to keep the memory of those who died alive in the presence of those who help take the life. thank you for your story and the memory of Bill. he will be missed by all especially the lives he didn't touch while here. even in his death he is still touching lives.

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All my life itís been them and me
Iím this youíre that
Why
Why arenít people,
Just people
Does it make a difference,
If youíre white
Black
Brown
Asian
Indian
Irish
Jewish
Christian
Mormon
Atheist
Straight
Gay lesbian
Bisexual
Transgender
Republican
Democrat
Greene
Liberal
Depressed
Manic
Schizophrenic
These are all labels
They separate people
Keeping fear alive
Destroying lives
Start from the basics
We are all human
We all bleed red blood
We all die
We all live
As humans we categorize everything
People
Plants
Animals
Stars
Class
Work
We hate each other
Because we are afraid
We donít want to look into ourselves
We donít want to look into others
We want to be strong
Accepted by society
This country talks of equal rights
Of freedom
How can you be free,
When you are butchered for being gay
How can we be free,
When you are hung for being black
Why do we want everyone to conform to standard that no one holds up too?
We watch our children die
We watch our soldiers kill
We watch our politicians corrupt our country
We watch people taking the lives of other people
I have two things to say
Hate kills, Love breeds
Words hurt, People kill
Think of that, the next time you hear words of hate
The next time you use those words
We all use words of hate
Letís pay attention to our words
People are people
Even if you donít agree with the way they live
Who they love
What their racial background is
What religion they are
What political party they affiliate with
What their mental health is
Stop the silence of hate

Tuesday 10/29/2002 4:36:29am
Name: Byron East
E-Mail: east@netdoor.com
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Location: Hattiesburg, Ms 39402
Comments: My love to you and Alex (as we knew him at HHS).

Monday 10/28/2002 9:06:19pm
Name: Priscilla Jensen
E-Mail: scillasue@aol.com
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Location: Indianapolis,IN
Comments: Your story truly touched me. I am constantly wondering when some people are going to realize that this sort of hatred is no different than hatred about race, religion or anything else about a person that may be "different". What is different? Everyone is different. But it won't be until everyone excepts this that peace will truly come. I pray that the people who think they are perfect will be greatly challenged and shown that you are only as good as you treat others. I will be constanly reminded of Bill's courage, as well as yours. Thank you for sharing it with me. I am joining you in the quest to help end hate, and related crimes by spreading love and understanding to ignorant people.

Monday 10/28/2002 10:15:03am
Name: Sarah Heying
E-Mail: heyings@lycos.com
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Location: Indianapolis, IN
Comments: Thank you for sharing your son's story with us. Your passion is very moving.

Monday 10/28/2002 5:23:39am
Name: Jude Lupinetti
E-Mail: Ignazio79@aol.com
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Location: Florida
Comments: It's good to see what you guys have been doing these past several years that we have been out of touch. I knew it would be good.

Sunday 10/27/2002 4:50:23am
Name: Lee
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Location: Sydney, Australia
Comments: Dear Gabi and family,

I'm so sorry for your loss; Bill sounds like such a great guy - and he was lucky to have such an amazingly supportive and accepting family.

As a 20-year-old queer female, I really feel for you. I was suicidal for six years, and am just beginning to get myself out of that mindset... it's a shame that Bill left this world so early, I would have loved to have known him.

Best of luck for the future,
Lee.

Friday 10/25/2002 8:44:42am
Name: Roisin Quinn
E-Mail: roisinquinn78@hotmail.com
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Comments: to bill's family,
i was deeply moved by your story and would like to offer you the deepest of sympathies.The death of a child is the heaviest of losses,but know that your son was brave free thinker something i would admire in anyone.i happened upon this story whilst reading about hate crime.
best wishes to you the family
Roisin....

Thursday 10/24/2002 3:38:02pm
Name: Bianca
E-Mail: ShortyBjammin@aol.com
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Location: Mathis, Tx
Comments: I just want to say that I admire you, your family, and Bill's courage through all the events that occurred. I was actually searching for research on suicides and I came across this page. I am trully sorry for your loss and hardships; i just wish your ending was a bit more cheerfull. All I really want to do right now is yell at the assaulters, the haters, and those who just didn't want to understand, "ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?!" I am sorry, but if I were a reason for someone to commit suicide or live a misserable life, I would hate myself forever.

Thursday 10/24/2002 1:38:40pm
Name: elizabeth
E-Mail: camden_latina@migente.com
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Location: NewJersey
Comments: i was really touched by your storry on bill.im sorry for how it ended. i was looking for some research on racism and i got here. i hope that you dont mind if i do my research based on this story. i know it will touch everybody at school. espeacially those who are biosexual. i am not biosexual but i have friends and family members who are and i wouldnt want this to happen to any of them. if you have a problem with me using your story as a research paper jus hit me up. thank you

Sunday 10/20/2002 11:05:30pm
Name: Rosie Willars
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Comments: Your son was most admirable. This world is really messed up. Before anything else Bill was a HUMAN BEING with feeling and emotions. His sexuality had nothing to do with the wonderful person he was. My prayers are with you and my support

Sunday 10/20/2002 9:30:09pm
Name: jessica
E-Mail: goodenready0@yahoo.com
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Location: Ks
Comments: I thought your story was interesting and I'm very sorry for what happened to Bill. I too am Bi-sexual, and I dont think that it is right for people to judge us b/c of our sexual preference. I feel for Bill's family and again I am sorry for what happened.

Saturday 10/19/2002 12:13:27am
Name: Gabi Clayton
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Homepage: Index of responses to "Bill's Story"
Homepage URL: http://www.youth-guard.org/gabi/respondex.html
Location: Olympia, WA
Comments: This new guestbook was started on 10/19/02. 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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