[lastfm]Jane’s Addiction[/lastfm] rocker [lastfm]Dave Navarro[/lastfm] has posted a letter to bullied teens on celebrity blogger [lastfm]Perez Hilton[/lastfm]‘s website, in an effort to stop them from committing suicide.
Navarro’s letter follows the suicide of Rutgers music student [lastfm]Tyler Clementi[/lastfm]. Clementi killed himself after video footage of him having sex with another man was posted online.
“I cannot imagine what it’s like growing up in a close-minded environment and being gay, bi or transgender. I don’t think any of us who aren’t can possibly imagine. The strength and character it must take to stay true to yourself in such an unforgiving microcosm are qualities that a major portion of the world lacks,” writes Navarro, who admits he considered suicide himself in the past.
“However, it’s that very strength and character that gives the world hope for a new way of thinking and acceptance in the future. When one of our children gives in and gives up, it is not only a tragedy but a victory for those who fear diversity. Do not let them win,” he adds.
Navarro has experienced long-term battles with drug addiction and suffered fierce depression after the murder of his mother.
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