A 9-year-old Denver boy took his own life last week after homophobic bullying from his classmates, and celebrities and activists are mourning his death.
Jamel Myles, a fourth-grader at Shoemaker Elementary School, came out to his classmates on the first day of school, Aug. 20. His mother, Leia Pierce, told Denver TV station KDVR that he came out to her this summer and was scared of her response. “He was like, 'Mom I'm gay.' And I thought he was playing, so I looked back because I was driving, and he was all curled up, so scared. And I said, I still love you,” she said to KDVR.