The Veronicas singer defends LGBTQ education after 13-year-old’s tragic death

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Adolescence can be a tough time. It can be an even tougher time when who you are becomes the subject of ridicule and bullying.

At a rally on Saturday in Brisbane, one half of Australian music duo The Veronicas, Jess Origliasso posted a touching Instagram tribute to Tyrone Unsworth, a gay 13-year-old who tragically died by suicide after being bullied at school.

The rally was attended by hundreds, who came to honour Unsworth as well as show support for the threatened Safe Schools education program. 

The program is a non-compulsory education program for LGBTQ youth in Australia, teaching inclusivity and providing a safe environment for teens to ask questions and promote healthy development. Read more…

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Tragic suicide of a bullied gay 13-year-old mourned on Twitter

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The online LGBTQ community in Australia has united in mourning the tragic death of a 13-year-old boy from Brisbane.

The boy’s mum Amanda Unsworth told a local news outlet her son committed suicide and passed away on Monday, after being constantly bullied for being gay. 

The shocking news of his death has Queer and non-Queer Twitter users alike calling on the Australian government to protect the Safe Schools curriculum — a program created to educate school kids on LGBTQ identities and reduce homophobic and transphobic bullying.

“Tyrone ended up being gay and a lot of people started picking on him,” she Amanda told The Courier-Mail Thursday night. “He was a really feminine male, he loved fashion, he loved make-up and the boys always picked on him, calling him gay-boy, faggot, fairy; it was a constant thing from Year 5. Read more…

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