After Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year old from Williamsville, New York, took his own life on Sunday Sept. 18 his parents, Tracy and Tim Rodemeyer, began speaking out on the issue they feel cause their son’s emotional distress, he was bullied because he was gay.
In an interview NBC2 the Rodemeyers expressed their grief but also their hope that Jamey’s death would not be in vain and that he could be an example that “being different is ok and that bullying is wrong and perhaps more of a problem than many realize,” as paraphrased by NBC2. Tracy said, “I think that was my son’s number one mission in life, why he was put here a short time was to get that point out and if that means I have to carry it on for him, I will.”
The Rodemeyers are not alone in their cause. They have found an advocate and friend in international superstar Lady Gaga. Soon after Jamey’s death Gaga tweeted “The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying and yelling…It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life.” Later she tweeted, “Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime.” That latest tweet was the most direct stating “I am meeting with out President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it.”
At a fundraiser in Atherton, CA Sunday night Gaga kept her word. According to a report filed by Carol Lee of The Wall Street Journal Gaga entered a large White tent wearing “a floor-length sleeveless lacey black dress…a bouffant up-do…with a black veil…(The hair added 6 inches to her stature).”
NBC’s Ryan Ruggiero attended the meeting and tweeted “Lady Gaga made a plea to everyone in the room to prevent bullying, including the President, to do what they can prevent bullying.”
The event was not allowed to be photographed.
Gaga’s support his appreciated by the Rodemeyers, buried Jamey in a Lady Gaga “Born This Way” t-shirt, according to CBS news.Tags: bullying, Jamey Rodemeyer, Lady Gaga, Lady Gaga and Obama, Lady Gaga meets Obama, Obama