Raymond Chase, a 19-year-old openly gay sophomore from Johnson and Wales, hanged himself in his dorm room Wednesday. The exact circumstances about his death are not yet known.
In the wake of the highly publicized suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, this is the fifth suicide by a young gay person in the past three weeks. Many individuals are considering these circumstances related and are begging for a nationwide call for action.
The advocacy group Campus Pride issued a statement about the deaths, saying "…the recent pattern of LGBT youth suicides is cause for grave concern. Campus Pride demands national action be taken to address youth bullying, harassment and the need for safety and inclusion for LGBT youth at colleges and universities across the country. We must not let these tragic deaths go unnoticed. Together we must act decisively to curb anti-LGBT bias incidents, harassment and acts of violence."