Who killed Tyler Clementi?

Sherry Wolf has a good post over at Socialist worker and on her Blog Sherry Talks Back

From Socialist Worker: http://socialistworker.org/2010/10/04/who-killed-tyler-clementi

Sherry Wolf

The suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi wasn’t only a result of the harassment he faced from fellow students, but of institutional discrimination against LGBT people.

October 4, 2010

EIGHTEEN-YEAR-old Tyler Clementi stood on the bridge that reaches from New Jersey to one of the largest, most cosmopolitan concentrations of humanity in North America–New York City–and jumped to his death.

This is not Mississippi or Louisiana or some other so-called American backwater. The New York metro area is home to more out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people than anywhere on the continent. The George Washington Bridge is just a few miles north of Greenwich Village, where the modern gay power movement was born.

How could it happen here? And now?

The reported details that led this young man to take his own life are so cruel and stupid that tens of thousands of strangers have already signed onto Facebook’s mourning page to express their horror and sorrow. But behind the salacious background to Tyler’s suicide–the videocam images of him being intimate with another young man splashed over the Internet by his roommate and another student–is a more banal and deadly crime.

Continue reading at:  http://sherrytalksback.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/who-killed-tyler-clementi/

Or at:  http://socialistworker.org/2010/10/04/who-killed-tyler-clementi

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