Gabi Clayton's Guestbook # 14- From 12/20/98 to 1/18/99
Note: This guestbook reads from the bottom of the page up. -- Gabi

Name: Stan Rickert
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Portland, OR
Time: 1999-01-18 23:20:54
Comments: What a horrible thing to happen to such a wonderful young man. Not afraid to stand up for what is right in his heart, I admire that so much. One day we will all be able to live without fear and hate and violence. I'm sure Bill would be very proud of all the support and pouring out of affection this page has recieved. God Bless you all and best wishes.

Name: Andrew Stricklin
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Time: 1999-01-18 21:50:17
Comments: I have just finished reading your web page and wanted to express my sincere sympathy at losing Bill. I can say without any doubt that he was a great person, because after having someone as special as you in his life, he couldn't be any thing but. I'll will keep you in my prayers and those, who out of ignorance, led to Bill's death. God BLess!

Name: Judith L. Mack
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Connecticut, now; France later
Time: 1999-01-18 20:29:16
Comments: Found your story through my brother's website (Justin Thomas Mack, gay...) & am so very saddened by it. The evil "religious" & other SOBs who think they rule the rest of us! We were raised to believe that the decisions we make are our own; I raised my 2 daughters that way, too. My older daughter's roommate at Tulane was a Lesbian; they are still in touch. Both daughters know that whatever their choices, it is the person, not the sexual orientation that matters. I am glad that my older daughter has moved to Europe, as will her sister. And so will I. There is only so much evil one can take. And this country is full of it!

Name: Alpha (Kevin)
Website: Welcome to Alpha's Corner
Referred by: Net Search
From: San Antonio, TX
Time: 1999-01-17 03:16:45
Comments: Dear Gabi and Family, I know it has been some time since you son passed away. But still my heart pours out to you and to the people whose lives your son touched. Being 24 and gay myself, I know the world where Bill came from. To say what happened was not right, would be an understatement. I am currently a host at #boyzworld and I hope I am creating a place for young boys and men to gather and support each other and let them know they are not alone. But it still enrages me when one candle is extinguished over nothing more than orientation and a philosophical belief. Again my sympathy and my sincere love to you for your bravery.

Name: Roy Hoyt
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: St. Louis
Time: 1999-01-15 16:29:33
Comments: Found your site through a Matthew Shepard Site. I don't really know what to say other than it's obvious that Bill, like Matt, was a very caring person with a huge heart. I'll always remember Matt, and Bill, and my heart goes out to anyone that has to deal with this kind of thing in any way, shape or form. Most sincerely, Roy

Name: mike james
Referred by: Net Search
From: kent,england
Time: 1999-01-15 15:31:10
Comments: I send you my best wishes and you are in my thoughts.I am 29 years old and found this letter through a chat mate.He said read it and you will cry for ages.How true his words were.I can not stop thinking of the story and how sad it made me feel. Once again you are all in my thoughts today and always. Regards Mike james

Name: Ann Stavish Licciardello
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: NJ
Time: 1999-01-15 06:37:14
Comments: Peace and God Bless. I linked to your sight via

Name: Lauren M.
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: California
Time: 1999-01-15 01:58:21
Comments: It is horable what some teenagers think that they have a right to do. Now I know that what I am about to say is kind of degrating to alot of my peers, but it is something that needs to be said. Many Teenagers today are selfish, shallow uncaring and they feel like they have to steriotype everyone into little groups, some to be liked, and some to be hated. The Teenagers that assalted your son seem to fit that discription exactly. they put him into a group without really getting to know him, and then they decided that they had a right to beat him up. My best guy friend is a bisexual, and the football players at our school torment him constently. I get tormented as well, but that is because of my religion (wiccan...another form of being pagen...). I don't understand why teens feel like they need to discriminate against others, but it will most likely always be that way, but still I can hope, I can hope that one day people will stop judging you by your choices, and look on at you as a person. this hope gets me through today, it will get me through tomorrow, and through the rest of my life. I hope that some day I can help to make this change, and even if only one person reads felt good to let someone know how I feel. -Lauren m.

Name: Jason
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Cambridgeshire, U.K
Time: 1999-01-13 00:01:34
Comments: I was utterly shocked, but also very touched at reading Bill's story. I am 18 years old and gay although I am only out to one person so far. The people of Britain are truely shocked at these 'homophobic beatings' that have take widespread place across the U.S. While there still remains a homophobic contingent in Britian, I firmly believe that this will soon be eradicated. However, America's laws on discrimination because of sexual orientation are much closer to coming to fruition, which I find heartwarming. You know, I have another cross to bear, I have Cerebral Palsy, a disability which affect motor movement. However, with stories like Bill's, it just makes me realise how my own problems pale into insignificance. Thank you for this story, it was heartwarming, but I still reaffirm my belief that one day we will live in an EQUAL society. I know Bill's death must have been hard, but do take comfort, that it is helping people all over the world, which I'm sure, is what he would have wanted. TAKE CARE J

Name: Julian Wilkinson
Website: The Base - Stockport Young Gay Lesbian And Bisexual Project
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Stockport, Manchester UK
Time: 1999-01-12 23:38:22
Comments: Heya there... I dont know what to say - As so many other people have said, I hate to say it again, but godz, did I cry... Why does all this hurt happen? It is scary to see the mirrors in my own self... How I wish... Well - A good future to you, and to all Laterz

Name: Kevin Black
Website: KB's Final Frontier
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Maine
Time: 1999-01-11 16:20:13
Comments: I am so sorry to hear of your terrible loss. I feel great sympathy for you. I cried when I read Bill's Story. Other people need to mind their own business and not worry about what other people's sexual orientation is. It's none of their business. I hate people that hurt others just because they are different. I am outraged over this! Bill didn't have to committ suicide, but he did because some assholes decided to assault and harrass him. Bill sounded like he was a special person, and still is special. Again I am very sorry about your loss.

Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Phila, PA
Time: 1999-01-10 00:08:56
Comments: It is Great to know that there are those who understand THANK YOU

Name: Pete Atkinson
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Northampton, UK
Time: 1999-01-09 10:30:57
Comments: Hi Gabi, I really don't know what to say, the tears are making it difficult to type. Love and hugs to you and your family. Pete

Name: A friend
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Germany
Time: 1999-01-09 02:51:00
Comments: I am so sad after reading your story about your son, Bill. But I want to tell you, that now I think that Bill and his laugh is in my heart. I wish you a better life, Stefan I am sorry for my bad english and I hope that you would anderstand me. Thank you.

Name: Audrey Warner
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Olympia!
Time: 1999-01-08 16:47:42
Comments: Hey Gabi, how are you? I met this great guy, Michael Delorey, here at CHS recently, and he's such a sweetie. He was telling me about seeing your dedication to Bill in the stories read up in Seattle earlier this week. I didn't get a chance to go myself, but I heard that it was both a moving and beautiful ceremony. I was there in spirit if not in body. Anyway, he was curious as to who you and your family were, and I brought him to this site... he's really interested in becoming "involved" in the community... I'm thinking of bringing him to PFLAG sometime... I think he'd meet a lot of nifty people there... I, myself, have slacked considerably regarding my activity in the community... school, teenage angst, yaddah, yaddah.... but I miss you all and I think I'll be visiting soon. I hope to see you there... I assume you still attend... maybe Mike would like to meet Scotty? Anyway... OH, Mike asked you something about coming to the gay support group here at Capital... its pretty small, but I know they'd love it if you'd visit them. No hurry to reply, but I know Mike'd love an e-mail from you, and I'd like to hear how you're doing as well... Love always, Audi

Name: Michael DeLorey
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Olympia,WA
Time: 1999-01-08 16:38:55
Comments: I am 17yrs. old living on the West Side and attend Capital High School. A good friend, Audrey Warner, referred me to your web site after I became interested in your sons story through the Safe Schools Coalition Candle Light Vigil in which your sons story was featured. I have been out to family, friends and the community at large since this last summer. My parents response was difficult but better than most stories I have had related to me. Being out at Capital is so far an extremely positive experience. I have not experienced homophobic sentements and I am a very visual homosexual through various Pride symbols and my own willingness to share that part of me with any stranger who takes the time to ask. Your sons story was moving through my understanding his feelings but also through a new awareness of my community and I have also gained a new understanding of my parents fears. I previously had never thought such actions capable of the Olympia community. I would like to communicate my feelings of your sons actions I would like to say your son was brave but it seems an incorrect expression of my feelings since your son was doing just what he had to do in his words "It just is" so it must be acted upon. More correctly I would say your son was strong he took some stance I don't know if I'm capable of. I would like to thank you and your son for being a powerful force in our community and in peoples lives. Here at Capital a very close friend of mine an amazing and strong and loving individual has started a group at called Capital Gay Straight Alliance that meets during activity periods and after school on Wensdays we would love to have you attend sometime if possible to talk with us and share your story. The group takes creates a support group environment and is also an activist group in Capital. If you are ever free on a Wensday around 2:45 I would love it if you could write me and I could run it past the group, I'm sure you'd be welcome, and everyone would like you to be there. I would love it if you could write back to me soon. Yours Truely Michael Marcus DeLorey.

Name: Ron Pettis
Website: Pettisynthesis
Referred by: Viewing another Guestbook
From: Baltimore, MD
Time: 1999-01-08 06:52:39
Comments: Thank you for sharing Bill with us. In doing so, he is touching our hearts and is part of our awareness. It is my hope that the haters will also read about Bill and be touched by him as well. Nothing will change until the hearts of the haters change through awareness and understanding. We are all each others students and teachers. Bill is the teacher of the hated and the haters. Within his lesson is another opportunity for change. In my thoughts I say, "Thank you Bill for the lesson. I wish the best of everything to you as you continue your growth...and to those you love...and to those who now and will love you." His brief visit is serving a purpose.

Name: Luke kinnear
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Time: 1999-01-08 02:16:12
Comments: Hi I just wanted to say that I am very inspred by your writing... I am a gay youth myself and things have not alwasy been easy, especially in the little town I am from in Nova Scotia. I wept when I read this as I am sure you do as you read it...but it also gave me stength to go on... to conitnue with my life...and fight. Thank You for Sharing this. Luke

Name: Chris W
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Moorhead,Minnasota
Time: 1999-01-08 01:11:03
Comments: I would like to say that this is one of the sadest stories that I have read. You guys sound like the nicest parents in the whole wide world! I bet he had a fun and exieting life though. Im sorry to hear that he committed sucide. If I would of been there when them kids beat him up I would of kicked thye crap out of them.Please write back.

Name: william Henshaw
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Fort worth TX
Time: 1999-01-06 16:44:17
Comments: Your story touches my very soul. I wish to be able to help more I am a gay man who teaches at the University level. I have been afaid to come out but having had one of my students come out to me because I was such a caring person then to share my story with her has helped me. I also think that one of our students committed suicide last year for some of the same reasons that Bill did. I have lived in several major cities in this Country and I must tell youthat this city is the only one where I have be afarid because of the hate crimes in the area and the fact that some teens threatened me when I first moved here.

Name: Michelle With
Website: sillemille
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Denmark
Time: 1999-01-06 11:33:52
Comments: I dont have any

Name: Jim J
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Seattle, WA
Time: 1999-01-06 03:38:08
Comments: Gabi. your family has been through the worst it could have. Bill should never have had to go through anything like he did. it was sonething that I went through back in the 1970's. He was a brave young man who deserves to be remembered. Your article was very moving. I just wish you had never had to lose one of your loved ones. God Bless. Jim

Name: Hilary Spilberg
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: New Jersey
Time: 1999-01-06 02:19:52
Comments: I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for posting this page, an act as heartening as it was heroic. As a seventeen year old struggling with the process of "coming out" as bisexual, Bill's story has affected me in the most personal way. While I have been blessed never to have encountered the violence that Bill endured, I face the same epidemic homophobia every single day. Bill's courage, and the support from he received from the community are nothing short of inspirational. Beginning the process of "coming out," I was terrified of the reactions of my family, my friends and my community. Bill's struggle has taught me that I have no right to be afraid; I have the responsibility to make the same committment to education that Bill, and his enitre family have made. Thank you for that courage.

Name: Nial Quinlan
Referred by: AOL
From: Yorktown, Virginia
Time: 1999-01-05 21:25:07
Comments: I just wanted to voice my outrage and support for you. It is so sad to read what a wonderful person like Bill had to endure in his life. What a loss to society... he sounds like such a great person. Please let me know if there is anything I can do...... lets not let this world hate to death another great person! I have a son, he is 9. I fear the hate he will experience as a result of his father being gay. I am tortured to think what he will have to put up with because of my being gay. This is a great country but there is far too much uneducated hate! Agian, I am sorry.... but if there is anything I can do please send me an email.

Name: Rick C.
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Jackson,Ala
Time: 1999-01-05 17:30:53
Comments: Its a sad world indeed when everybody can't live there,life as they so chose.It takes all peoples to round out this world.Even Gay people to round off the corners.Gay people has always been around in our society.In fact a few even fought in our American Reveloution.Even Old Abe back in new Salem had his affairs with a guy he slept with this came about by the letters that Abe Left behind,Saying to his bed partner that he had a most enjoyable time,sleeping in the same bed.With you.So you might say Old Abe Was Bi- or even GAY

Name: Fagma
Referred by: From a Friend
From: South Africa
Time: 1999-01-05 09:30:54
Comments: Dear Gabi As a mother, I know it is still painfull as nothing can fill that space in your heart, but thank you for sharing your story with the world. At least some young people know now that they are not alone and that there are people out there that do understand what they are going through. Thank You again for sharing

Name: Linda George
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Hampton NH
Time: 1999-01-04 19:35:10
Comments: Hi Gabi, I hadn't visited your site in a while. What an incredible resource you have become! WOW! Your hard work is certainly paying off. Thank you. You are SOOOO appreciated for all that you do! HUGE HUGZ! Love you, Linda

Name: Ron Bloodworth
Referred by: Geocities
From: Portland, Oregon
Time: 1999-01-04 17:28:35
Comments: Hi Gabi, Just wanted to connect with you again. I'm now the Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator with the Oregon Health Division in Portland, Oregon. Wanted you to know I'm out here and working to prevent youth suicide and-of course-GLBT youth are high on my agenda for attention around this issue. Wanted you to have my work e-mail address so that we can collaborate on similar concerns. There are a number of people I've met from Washington state related to this work of youth suicide prevention: Debbie Ruggles with the Washington Dept. of Health in Olympia, Madelyn Swartz, deputy coronor with the Thurston County Coronor's Office, Sue Eastguard at the U.ofW. in Seattle who manages the Gatekeeper Training program, Peggy West, Ph.D. with Region X public health in Seattle, Rhonda McKim with the Washington State PTA, Leah Simpson (parent who testified in Olympia and spearheaded legislative funding for youth suicide prevention efforts in Washington state, Bev Cobain (mental health therapist and author and sister of Kurt Cobain), and others I've met in Washington state in the five months I've been in this position. If you have contacts in Oregon that would be good for me to know about, please let me know or contact them and ask them to contact me. Thanks for your help. I believe if we can all bring our energies, resources, and commitment, to bear on our common concerns, we can move mountains. What do you think? Ron Bloodworth, Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Oregon Health Division, Portland, OR, 97232, 503.731.4978 work phone, 503.731.4083 work fax. Take care. Ron

Name: Robbie
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: California
Time: 1999-01-04 09:53:57
Comments: I read your story about Bill. It was incredibly sad and although I too struggled with sexual orientation issues, your son's story of harrassment simply because of who he is, is frustrating. It seems that with every progressive step we take in advancing tolerance among our society, there will always be those bone heads being complete assholes about something else. My sympathies go out to you and I believe that if one person can stand up and say, "Hey, shut up! That's stupid" or something to that effect when someone is being racist, then that person has reduced the effects a racists persons comments can have. Robbie, 17

Name: Megan Stout
Referred by: Lycos
From: Bellevue, WA
Time: 1999-01-04 03:09:20
Comments: I strongly support the efforts of PFLAG and the Safe Schools a gay educator and as someone who has experienced hate crimes for being gay, I find it extremely encouraging that there are finally places people can go to get support and help to guide them through tough times. Keep up the good work!

Name: Jerry
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Tennessee
Time: 1999-01-04 01:05:17
Comments: I want to thank you for accepting Bill for what he was you will never know how that felt. I'm am 44 year old gay and I am still scared to tell my family for I don't know what they will say. I want to thank you for the work you are doing to try to stop hate. Keep up the good work and God bless you.

Name: F. B. Flinn
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: rhode island
Time: 1999-01-03 03:15:50
Comments: I very much enjoyed the story about your son's life and untimely death. I am a 30 year old male who is just scrapping the surface of knowing or trying to understand where it is that I fit in in this world as a gay man. I just wanted you to know that your story touched me and in a way is helping me understand who it is that I am. I always figured there are other, stonger people who will carry out the fight against hate crimes against sexual orientation. Your son's story as told by you helped me understand basically that if I"m not a part of the solution then I am part of the problem if I assume that other gay people will fight the fight. Your story about your families loss was not spent in vain. It helped.

Name: JL Cabbagestalk
Website: Manning High School Golden Pride Marching Band
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: South Carolina
Time: 1999-01-03 00:09:28
Comments: Hi, I'm so sorry for your lost and everything that you went thought! I for one know how it is when you are gay and it is hard to come out because of the fear that you have something like this or something else might happen! But please keep telling your story, it needs to be told!Thanks

Name: Alan Eastman
Website: The Excel Center
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Alberta
Time: 1999-01-01 03:42:38
Comments: Thank you for allowing me to read this story it is important and must continue to be told. Who ever reads this and is working for an end to hate crimes, keep ever vigilant.

Name: Mandy
Website: Juggalette Mandy's homepage
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Massachusetts
Time: 1999-01-01 01:52:39
Comments: I surfed on your site while looking for infomation on gay rights and issues and read your long and sad story...i am so sorry to hear about sam and all the others who went through this so called gay bashing. Your son will be mentioned in an example of gay bashing in my essay and hopefully it wil get out to everyone this is not right. thanks for your infomation. Sincerly, Mandy

Name: Justin Bartle
Website: Court of Miracles
Referred by: AngelFire
From: California
Time: 1998-12-31 07:28:04
Comments: Still crying an hour later. Your story has made me realize how lucky my own comming out experiences have been. I've never received any more than verbal threats. I'm touched at how well your family has pulled through all of this. There will come a time when we won't be descriminated against because of who we are. I just hope as my boyfriend and i hold hands and cuddle at Disneyland that someone is looking at us and will know that yes it is alright to feel this way and that they are not alone. Feel free to post my E-mail for any and all. I hope i can help the fight against homophobia. Peace and harmony in a world of chaos.

Name: Greg
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: California
Time: 1998-12-30 14:57:23
Comments: Your story brought tears to my eyes. How long must this idiotic hatred go on? When will people finally understand that people cannot help who they are? People can't help what sexual orientation they are anymore than they can control the color of their skin. What does it matter anyway. One of the most infuriating things about society is that some people actually believe that another person's sex life is open for public scrutiny - It's NONE of their business - end of story! Your loss is unimaginable. I grieve for you and your family. I don't offer you pity, but instead say to you that you have much to be proud of in your son and great pride in yourself for sharing your pain with so many others. If your website just helps change 1 person - that will be worth it. And I believe it will. God bless you.

Name: Warren D. Hunter
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Iowa
Time: 1998-12-30 01:35:40
Comments: Thank you for your wonderful home page! I appreciate the time, care and love that you have displayed on it.

Name: divan
Referred by: From a Friend
From: russia
Time: 1998-12-29 17:21:24
Comments: Good day! I read story of your son. I have 14 years old son now, and problems on russia is analogous. Brutality in our world is so potent, and personality against keeped silence croud is so weak. In russia wasn't been the rally,and people ,who can said "I'm bisexual" not been too. Your son was mighty! Proud him. Bye. Sorry for my bad english.

Name: dayve danger
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: new jersey
Time: 1998-12-28 06:31:20
Comments: i would just like to say that this story touched me greatly. i am 16 from new jersey and am openly gay. when i attempted killing myself, i never even thought of how much it could effect anyone else. you are a very strong person and a great mother, just like my own, and i wish the best of luck to you.

Name: Ken Carpenter
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Grand Island, New York
Time: 1998-12-27 14:58:24
Comments: I, was also in tears as I read your story, I only wish Bill would have stayed on. He should be here with us. Your 'insult to injury' letter, was especially disturbing as I am gay and have been filling my organ donors section in on my drivers license for years. To find out that they will reject me because of the possibility of HIV is rediculous and obsurd. Especially when I am tested negative on a regular basis. And now, reading your memorial on your son, Bill, and because of the recent Matthew Sheppard Murder, I have raised my donations, to the NYS Pride Agenda organization, which fights these hate crimes and Laws against Gays. This is a Wonderfull Memorial to your son, Bill, and I am sure he is up there watching you help others with this informative Memorial.

Name: Lindsay Charmaine Henderson
Website: Into An Awkward Position
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Byron, California
Time: 1998-12-26 22:55:45
Comments: Although I entered that I came here because I heard about your page from a friend I did not. I had read my friend James' entry to The Art Project at the YR-art gallery. I recently submitted a piece of my artwork and a poem to Lindsay Thomas there. It is not up yet at this time, but should be soon. Reading Bill's story broke my heart, for being a bisexual teen as well I have undergone similar hardships. Maybe I am lucky to be younger then Bill, for as the years go by more ground is made for gay/bi/trans youth. I want to thank you and let you know how wonderful the story of Bill's life has made me feel. It's changed me and I think that is something remarkable. I hope that you will be alright with me putting up a link to your page from mine. I want to share with my friend what you ahve shared with me and so many others. Thank you again.

Name: Hall Owen Calwaugh
Website: Hall Owen Calwaugh
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
Time: 1998-12-25 07:34:17
Comments: How long does the Holocaust have to go on before The Rest of the World acknowleges its existence? So many have died - too many. As someone else recently said here, "Keep on Keeping On" - we *will* overcome.

Name: ron price
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: boise, id
Time: 1998-12-23 16:27:26
Comments: i just wanted to let you know that i am sorry for your loss and pain. bill was clearly loved by indivuals who realized that a persons personality isn't solely made up of one's sexuality. i also wanted to thank you for sharing your and your family' s story with us. i don't know what else to say . . . thanks for your time. -ron

Name: Alice Tanzer
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
Time: 1998-12-23 01:03:23
Comments: Oh yeah, he was really cute too......:)


Name: Alice Tanzer
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: MA
Time: 1998-12-23 01:01:12
Comments: Hi.....that story is absolutly horrible!! I myself am 15, and bisexual...............almost all of my friends are bisexual.......we're pretty liberal people........some of us live near the town of Provincetown MA if you've ever heard of it. I've never thought that somethign like that could happen to us, but now I think I'll be a little wary of those threats that we get. THere are about 30 people that I know that would defend me in particular, and many more that would help out. My parent don't know that I am Bi father would possitivly freak out....oh my...................I've got to go now, sorry about the randomness of this lil' letter.

Love and peaches,

Alice Tanzer

Name: Dave Gaskell
Referred by: Net Search
From: London
Time: 1998-12-22 16:24:41
Comments: Keep on keeping on I feel for you, glad you have the strength to continue.

Name: Anne Dolchanczyk
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Mariposa, CA
Time: 1998-12-22 00:11:26
Comments: What a moving and tragic story. I'm so glad I found it. Obviouxly these kinds of articles need to be published on the front pages of newspapers and magazines.

Name: Joan Ballard
Website: No real title yet...
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Indianapolis
Time: 1998-12-21 06:04:06
Comments: I think it's great that you were so incredibly supportive of your son the whole time and didn't bring any moral judgements down on him. Any kid would be lucky to have parents like that. Bill seems like he was a passionate, talented, caring individual who was unfortunately discriminated against. I don't think many people could have taken as much abuse as he did. I just want to thank you for making this page and sharing your personal story.

Name: Joan Ballard
Website: No real title yet...
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Indianapolis
Time: 1998-12-21 06:02:32
Comments: I think it's great that you were so incredibly supportive of your son the whole time and didn't bring any moral judgements down on him. Any kid would be lucky to have parents like that. Bill seems like he was a passionate, talented, caring individual who was unfortunately discriminated against. I don't think many people could have taken as much abuse as he did. I just want to thank you for making this page and sharing your personal story.

Name: Jason E. Utz
Referred by: Net Search
From: Washington DC
Time: 1998-12-21 03:33:59
Comments: Mr and Mrs Claton: I was deeply moved by the story of your son and I appreciate your permission to use his story in my newspaper article. Full credit will be given to you and the White Ribbon Home Page along with the address to visit here. Jason

Name: Hilary
Website: Hilary Burke
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Pennsylvania
Time: 1998-12-21 02:59:54
Comments: Hiya Gabi, It's Hilary from PFLAG-Talk. I always enjoy visiting your page. I was wondering if you do me a favor and add a link to my page? I'd really appreciate it. Thank you. I've been feeling much better recently although the holidays can be stressful. Take care. Happy Holidays.

Name: Gentle Touch
Website: Gentle Touch's Web
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Originally CT, currently CA
Time: 1998-12-20 23:00:22
Comments: I was guided to your website about your son's story of suicide. I am a lesbian and a former psychotherapist who now runs a website for all survivors of all forms of abuse. I am neurologically impaired, and although I am slowly learning raw html coding, I have a pagan for a web designer, who is so loving and caring. She guided me to the Matthew Shepard Update list and that is how I found your son's story. I am openly a lesbian, and although the severe trauma I suffered due to severe abuse, which if you read my story, which I am slowly but steadily writing, you will see that I welcome all including the g/l/b/t community as not many who are survivors of abuse can find a safe haven to post their feelings through their poetry and prose and stories. It is my goal to give them that safe haven, for teens and adults as well as heterosexuals as well. With your permission, on my tribute to Matthew Shepard, and on my Hate Is Not A Family Value Page, I would like to link and put up your son's story either via a link or with copyright permission. This world must learn that biogtry, hatred, and hate crimes towards all of us who are different, must end now! As a former therapist, I've seen too many g/l/b/t youth and adults commit suicide for the same reasons as Bill...they simply could not cope any more. If my words and your son's story, along with the Matthew Shepard memorial page and the hate is not a family value page can safe just one g/l/b/t youth or adult from suicide, then I know my efforts will have been worth it all. My own story, still in the writing stage can be found on is far from finished and there are things that need to be added to what there is already, but after reading your son's story, I felt overwhelmed with love and compassion for you and your family and had to write this. I truly wish there were more parents like you in this world filled with hatred, as gay bashing is on a horrible increase as is gay teen suicide. Maybe if all of us work together we can make a difference in this world. In light and love, Gentle Touch owner/founder of Gentle Touch's Web

Name: D. King
Website: Gay Christian? Oxymoron?
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
Time: 1998-12-20 19:13:26
Comments: Hi, I ran across your site and feel I found a rare gem to treasure. I recently recalled my own experience with the same topic of hate/gay. 20 years ago, my best friend was murdered. She was gay. The detectives told me the suspect had stated it was her mannerisms which motivated his action of hatred. The recent news of another Mother who had to bury her child, because of the ignorance of hatred, motivated me to speak out with my own story. I plan to add some of the wonderful links you have on your site. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Gay Spirituality

Name: Lucie
Website: In The Middle Of NoWhere...
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: NFLD, Canada
Time: 1998-12-20 03:55:17
Comments: I cried so much while reading Bill's story... For the memory of your son and to take part in the fight against hatred of any kind, I will display proudly from now on the logo of Stop The Hatred. I dropped on that site tonight which brought me to your son's story and God! It's got to stop!!! And eventually, it will! And, as a mother, I know this is no big consolation, but the life of your son brought us one step closer to that goal. I will pray, I will fight and I will hope! Thank you so much for opening my eyes a little wider and for giving me the will to try and make a difference...

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