Posted by: Catherine Lugg | October 10, 2010

Yet ANOTHER young gay man dies of suicide

According to The Norman Transcript, Zack Harrington 19 committed suicide on October 5, 2010, in his parents’ home.

On September 28, Harrington had attended a particularly rancorous meeting of the Norman (OK) City Council, where attendees debated the council’s proclamation of October as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Month. While the Council passed the proclamation 7 to 1, according to Harrington’s family, he was shocked by the high level of intolerance by some of the audience members. According to Harrington’s father,

“I don’t think it was a place where he would hear something to make him feel more accepted by the community,” he said. “For somebody like Zach, it (the meeting) was probably very hard to sit through.”

His father also pointed out that Harrington was placed out of school partially through his senior year (2009) because he feared for his own safety.

At this point, I’m just numb. I’ll probably post more on this in a few days, but for now, I just need to sit back and think.

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