Hello friends. I hope you all had a safe day. A very good friend of mine has just passed away. This is really hard to write, but it’s important to talk about.
Rose was an amazing 15-year-old girl. Top of her class, athletic, and very beautiful. Her family on the other hand, not so great. Her dad, Mark, is a mechanic, who has always been against LGBTQ+ people because he was raised that way. Jenny, her mom is very Christian but, part of the many Christians who don’t accept LGBTQ+ people. (I have nothing against Christians) Her eldest sibling, Sarah, was kicked out at the age of 17 because they are non-binary. Her brother Jonathon is only 3 years old and he loves makeup and Barbie dolls, but his parents won’t let him play with them.
Rose loved helping people more than anything in the world, but nobody could see that she was the one who needed it. She was terrified that if she told her parents she was a lesbian, she would be kicked out like her sister. So, she kept it on the inside. 4 years ago, she met me, an outgoing 10-year-old. Rose was like a sister to me, we connected in so many ways from interests to hair color. She was always there for me, and I for her. Every day, we would talk for hours on end about things like school, tv shows, and animals. We were inseparable.
Today, January 11th, 2019, Rose committed suicide because she couldn’t stand the bullying, the staring, the secrets. I will always be grateful for the 4 years of my life that I was able to spend with her. All of the laughs, cries, and deep conversations that we had together.
If you are struggling, please tell someone. I can’t just sit here and continue to lose the people I love. If you need help, reach out. Contact me, a friend, a family member, or a trusted adult. There are also youth helplines, don’t be afraid to call them. They are there for a reason. I love you all ❤ ❤