MORE ABOUT BILL
Other pages on my website and elsewhere that are directly related to Bill's Story...
Feel free to use this banner to link to "Bill's Story" at http://www.youth-guard.org/gabi/Bills_Story.html
"Bill's Story" as a 7 page PDF formatted file ready for printing.
"Bill's Story" has been translated by some of my wonderful friends!
Into German by Jens Lang ~ Portuguese by Mariana Maia ~ French by Jérôme Simon ~ Spanish by Gary Lynn.
There were also translations into Japanese by Yoshinori Arai, and another in Portuguese translation by Daniele Almeida,
but these are no longer online.
11-17-09 – Responding to the suicides of two more gay youths — a letter to the community. (pdf format)
"Bill Clayton - Not Forgotten!" - Create awareness and support the work I have been doing since Bill's death by purchasing Bill Clayton memorial gear I designed and sell on CafePress.com. Thank you!
Bill Clayton -- a picture album
A different room - First day of school, first grade ~ we warned the teachers about Mister Bill.
by Alec Clayton ~ Originally published in Mississippi Arts & Letters Nov.-Dec. 1984
Prelude to Bill's Story - Excerpts from my journals
for Bill's 19th Birthday
Father and Son - by Alec Clayton
Too Many Kids Like My Bill - a letter I wrote on January 18, 1997 for the Journeys section of Bridges Across the Divide. "A cyberspace initiative providing models and resources for building respectful relationships among those who disagree about moral issues surrounding homosexuality, bisexuality and gender variance."
SB5167 - I testified at a Washington State Senate Committee on Education hearing on 3/11/97. Here is the bill it was about, and then my testimony. After that there is an article by Lucy Craig from the Cooper Point Journal, the newspaper from The Evergreen State College, here in Olympia.
The Journey from Bill's Story - excerpts from my journal and letters. Posted on 4/27/97
"Silence is where the hate grows" - an article by Iain Clacher, first published by Campaign Australia in September 1997.
Everyday Out - by Gabi Clayton, with Catherine Dawdy (originally published in GayPlace Online in 1997)
Steve Schalchlin wrote the amazing song "Will It Always be Like This? (Gabi's Song)" which he sang in public for the first time at a national PFLAG conference in Washington DC in 2000 with Alec and I sitting in the audience.
Listen to it here:
Here are the lyrics to Will It Always be Like This?.
The song is on two of Steve's CDs: The Bonus Round Sessions and Beyond the Light .
New York Show & CD Honor My Late Son - written in 1997 for the PFLAG-Olympia newsletter
A mom finds words to fight anti-gay bill - March 6, 1997 by Lucy Craig, Cooper Point Journal, The Evergreen State College
Mount Saint Helens Letter - by Gabi Clayton 01-27-97
Alec wrote an article about me and Steve Schalchlin and our friends and "Bill's Story" for the September 24-30, 1998 issue of Tacoma City Paper : Living in the Bonus Round -- Music, suicide, healing broken spirits -- life and love on the Internet in the age of AIDS
"The Teen Files" show on hate and prejudice is about my experience doing "Teen Files: The Truth About Hate" - a powerful video on hate and prejudice for a youth audience that was produced by Arnold Shapiro Productions as a 1999 TV special.
"Window" (above) is a film I made for my final project as a senior film student at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 1989. Some brief but important notes were added at the end along with the much shorter original video this film was made from. The boy in it was my son Bill Clayton at age ten.
On June 25, 1999 I was one of the grand marshals for Seattle's Pride Parade/March and Freedom Rally I have my speech posted here.
In September 1999 I was interviewed by David Jackson, "Gay People Have Mothers Who Love Them" for Authenticity 'zine published by The National Institute for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Education (NI). That site is no longer in existence. In February 2000 I wrote "Coping with the Loss of My Son" for NI's Endangered Youth Campaign - A National Suicide Program to Keep GLBT Youth Alive. Now that their website is no longer online I have it on mine.
Steve Schalchlin released his CD The Bonus Round Sessions in May 2000 with a song on it called "Will It Always Be Like This" which is about Bill and me. Then in August 2002 he released Beyond the Light which has another version of the song on it. Proceeds of these CDs go to Youth Guardian Services. For information and to order, go to http://www.youth-guard.org/cd
In October 2001 an article titled "Bill Clayton" by Olivier Björksäter-Bleylock was published in DNA, a national gay magazine in Australia. The interview, done through email, was the best one I have ever experienced -- and the most intense for me. Olivier asked about some things that were not in Bill's story on my site. Answering those questions took days and sometimes had me in a puddle of tears. The magazine DNA is not online, but a slightly different version of Olivier's article was then published on Mogenic, which is an Australian based gay youth webzine and internet community: "Remembering Bill"
On October 18, 2001 Alec posted Father and Son - a coming out story on his website.
On tolerance and bigotry - my 3/18/02 response to the article "Pickets protest board's editing of tolerance film - Gay segment deleted by Grossmont Union" in the San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune, March 14, 2002.
I was included (with a photo) in the sidebar of the article Web of sex education by Greg Wright. It went out on Gannett News Service's newswire on 9/19/02. Youth Guardian Services was also a part of the article.
Parents sort through emotions, search for meaning in son's death - by Alec Clayton for the Tacoma News Tribune; April 9th, 2004.
Jenilee Davenport shared this film project from her class Fall quarter 2012 at the Evergreen Tacoma campus. It is about lesbian/gay suicide and it includes Bill's story and some of my words in it.
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