Posted by: Catherine Lugg | October 13, 2010

Young lesbian dies

Last week, former Howard University student Aiyisha Hassan, 20, died by suicide.

Details are very sketchy at this time, but according to her fellow students at Howard, Hassan had struggled with her identity.

Lauren Morris, 21, a senior at Howard, who lived in the same building as Hassan from 2008-2009, said she introduced Hassan to C.A.S.C.A.D.E. Morris added that friends have reported Hassan’s suicide was related to her struggles with her sexuality.

”She was having a lot of trouble with a lot of different things,” Morris says, ”but mainly her sexual identity and just trying to express that.”

Hassan’s death brings the “butcher’s bill” total to 9 deaths by suicide since September 1st. And I fear this is only the tip of the iceberg given the double stigma involved (queer + suicide = silence).

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