A year ago today, the world lost an incredible 14 year old boy from Buffalo, New York.
His name was Jamey Rodemeyer and he will forever be remembered as a happy, courageous human being and activist against bullying. He spoke multiple times about it in the videos he posted to Youtube. Please, take a few minutes to watch them. It would mean a lot.
Although Jamey was so outspoken on the subject, he, himself was a victim to the bullying he tried so desperately to put an end to. Jamey took his life the night of September 17th, 2011 because of the torture he went through. His younger sister found him the morning of September 18th, hanging from the swing set in his family’s backyard.
Even though he was going through tough times at school, he created incredibly uplifting and heartfelt videos telling people they are special, that it does get better, to stay strong and to never give up. He was an exceptionally brave person who gave his time to helping other people feel like they were worth something. To make them feel like they had a purpose on this planet, to give them the hope they needed.
His last tweet was to Lady Gaga, who was a huge inspiration to him. He lived and breathed her message of “Born This Way”.
“@ladygaga bye mother monster, thank you for all you have done, paws up forever”.
Lady Gaga dedicated a performance of her song “Hair”, an anthem dedicated to the social outcasts, to Jamey at last year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. Watch that here.
“You’re not a victim, you’re a lesson to all of us.”
I’ve learned and thought about you a lot over the past year, Jamey, and today was really no different. “Hair” was playing in my head all day at work and I even started to sing it aloud when no one was around. You, sir, are a constant reminder for me to treat everyone I meet with the upmost respect and kindness. You make me want to be a better person and really just help those who are in need of a friend or just someone to talk to. I wanna thank you for from the bottom of my heart for that. All of us Monsters miss you, bud. Paws Up & Take care :]