Gabi Clayton's Guestbook # 23 - From 11/26/99 to 1/8/00
Note: This guestbook reads from the bottom of the page up. -- Gabi

Name: Darren
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Largo, Florida
Time: 2000-01-07 18:41:16
Comments: I found this story to be tragic and touching at the same time. I am a Sophmore at Seminole High School in Seminole, Florida. I am an active member of the drama department, rudley named the "gay" group by my peers. What happened to Bill was terrible, and i think something should be done, not locally, but globally about the hate and opression of Gay and bisexual people. They are people, just like everyone else, and they deserve the respect that they have earned. I wish you the best of luck and my prayers are with you.

Name: Tom Mackechney
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Chicago
Time: 2000-01-07 11:43:32
Comments: Perhaps one day we can all look past all the man-made institutions that propogate hatred of those who are different than ourselves. For all of our so-called intelligence - our supposed advanced superiority as human beings - it is a shame that the most basic elements of being humane (such as unconditional love) still elude so many of us. I have to think God, or whatever one wishes to believe in, looks down in disgust at the fact this continues to escape us.

Name: Bob Berlin
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Columbia, Missouri
Time: 2000-01-07 11:36:09
Comments: We can change the world one person at a time. Thank you for sharing your story.

Name: Thom
Referred by: From a Friend
From: New Hampshire
Time: 2000-01-06 15:12:13
Comments: What a touching story. It is so upsetting that these things happen and it is not tolerable. We all need to help eradicate hate crimes. We can do it.

Name: derick
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: las vegas
Time: 2000-01-05 13:51:06
Comments: I just wanted to say that i wish i had known Bill. He seemed like a nice guy. And he was so human like all of us. When you're young you are looking for who you are and what you are in life. And to have those tragic events happen to him is beyond wrong. I want to commend the parents about being so exceptable abou his sexuality choice. Those who know him especially family and friends. Feel good in yourself because you probably added so much light to his life. Its a new millenium, so I'm trying to be different and make different choices in life. And not tolerating hate in no form is what i am about this place in my life. Loved the website and I feel like im gonna remember Bill. Thank you-Derick

Name: Tony J. Whitney
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Nespelem , Washington
Time: 2000-01-04 15:30:41
Comments: I do not know what to say at this time , I was looking at a PFLAG ad on a Wenatchee G/L Net Site and saw a link to your page. WHY ? is the only thing that comes to my mind at this time. WHY ? . Remember have Faith and Hope , and you will find the light in your life.

Name: Tim
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Ohio
Time: 2000-01-02 19:21:33
Comments: Thank you for sharing Bill's Story. It's truly a tragedy what happened to him. I wish you much success in all that you do, and once again, thanks for the wonderful resource you have put online.

Name: Mars
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
Time: 2000-01-02 16:46:29
Comments: Wow! I am shocked people can be so cruel. Shocked that people would post hate here. I hope your son's story inspires people to do what their hearts tell them is the right thing. Courage like that is seldom found in someone so young. As for those filled with hate. There are no words for you.

Name: Vivian
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: California
Time: 2000-01-02 15:58:26
Comments: I'm doing a research on Hate crimes against Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual for my civics report... in the research..i found your site about Bill's story.. i'm touch by what've happened to Bill... Although I'm not gay/lesbian/bisexual, i support this group of people for the reason why i chose to do the research! Y2K is like a beginning of a new life... i hope that everyone will realize that there is nothing wrong being different... from: Vivian

Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Australia
Time: 2000-01-01 06:36:20
Comments: I was moved to read about Bill, and I had hoped that this century might be better than the last but it seems that will not be the case if the last guy to sign the guest book is any idea. Lets hope that even he can learn that only through understanding and love can this world live on to the next century. As a Christian and being gay, the one comandment of the bible that I try to live by is this. THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU. If even the "CHRISTIANS" in the world today could live by this one rule then the whole world would be a much better place to live. BILL you will be missed but not forgotten. GYZMO

Name: Yasuhiko
Referred by: From a Friend
Time: 2000-01-01 06:32:22
Comments: I am a Japanese high school students.17 y/o.

Name: Michel chapman
Website: how to kill homosexuals by letting them kill themselves
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
Time: 2000-01-01 06:12:49
Comments: I was moved to hear of your sons death if only more homo's would do the same as your son we would solve the gay problem no more gays

Name: Mario
Referred by: Net Search
From: CA
Time: 1999-12-30 19:09:04
Comments: I've tried several times writing my thoughts; but keep backspacing and rewriting what I want to say. I was moved and saddened by the loss of your son. He went through alot in his brief life time and I see you have created a legacy in his honour too help others understand. I had my own struggle with identifying who I was and went through the bashing and the thoughts of suicide. And now I look back and see, that in a way I was Bill. That sounds stupid but there are things that you have said that I went through, but I unlike your son, I had to face it alone. Thank you for the story about your son ... God Bless

Name: Leroy Kessenger
Website: Sexy's Page
Referred by: AOL
From: Kentucky
Time: 1999-12-29 11:10:16
Comments: I just would like to say thank you for puting this story on the net so the Bi-sexual teens as my self, could read about the lives of other Bi-sexual teens, and so it can put a little more hope in (our) lives so we can keep on fighting for peace for the Bi,gay,lesbian,ect. community with the straits. This story has given me more hope then any words that can be said. Thank you. Bill will not be forgotten!!! Thank You, Leroy K.

Name: Mitch Hernandez
Referred by: AOL
From: Clifornia
Time: 1999-12-29 00:12:37
Comments: P.S. I wish I could have meet Bill He touched heart!!!!!

Name: Mitch Hernandez
Referred by: AOL
From: California
Time: 1999-12-29 00:07:27
Comments: When i read this story it made me feel sad and angery. Why? Because a 16 year old gay teen and want's to come out but i don't want to hurt anyone or myself. This story really made me cry because Bill should not have killed himself. What really made me mad is that he kill himself because he dosen't want hurt his friends of the homophobics that hate him and people just because their gay or bisexual.

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Time: 1999-12-28 23:25:31

Name: Nathaniel Lee Flowers
Referred by: Net Search
From: Illinois
Time: 1999-12-28 21:47:46
Comments: I was touched by your son's story, because it so closely reflects my own, except, I never took my life. I myself had a difficult childhood, was very much depressed and suicidal, and developed homosexual tendancies. As a Christian, my realization of my sexuality was confusing. I face much hatred on my journey towards healing, and I allow stories like Bill's to motivate me. I hope one day we can stop all the hate and work towards healing, together. God be with you, dear child. Forever in Christ, Than <><

Name: Shelly M. Schenkel
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Fairview Heights, IL
Time: 1999-12-28 10:34:28
Comments: Thanks for the poignant thoughts and words, allowing the world to know your wonderful son! Hate Crimes have touched all of us in one way or another, sadly you more devastatingly so.

Name: Jack Maddox
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: Indianapolis, Indiana
Time: 1999-12-28 01:24:46
Comments: I'm a life-long gay man who often considered suicide when I was a gay teen alone in an orphanage, trying to come to grips with my sexuality, the Church's views on homosexuals being condemned, and being raped by two of the other boys at the home--I thought I deserved it! So my condolences to all of you, as well as to Bill for the emotional and physical pain and the hopelessness he felt. I know, and hope you do also, he is a fully-loved and -recognized son of the living God, wholly accepted by Him although a "pagan" at the time of his death. God bless all of you again; and if there is ever anything I can do for you, you merely have to ask.

Name: lynn
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
Time: 1999-12-27 09:56:50
Comments: I am very sorry for the pain and tragic loss you and your family have suffered. It was very upsetting to hear that your son could not be a donor. I work for an Eye BAnk and speak to families regularly. People think my job is difficult having to talk to families after death, but for me the hardest part is having to deny families who want to donate. The guidlines of the FDA prohibit any Eye Bank from transplanting human tissue from any male with a homosexual history, or anyone who has had a needlestick either accidental or purposeful, or anyone who has been in institutional care at a certain point, whether prison or mental. The guidelines are so strict, but if we do not abide, we could be immediately closed down by the FDA. This is the most difficult part of my job to explain to families. The ironic part is that this law came about really as a direct result of those who were supportive of the gay community, when AIDS was being ignored as a "gay plague" where people were indifferent to the loss of lives of gay men and AIDS was being spread quickly trough the blood supply. Activists worked to bring attention to the disease and protect the blood supply. I fell terrible that you were further hurt by this federal regulation, and often tried to come up with a better way to deal with this when talking to families. I do not like the way your letter was worded and I think that is unfortunate as well.

Name: Marshall S. Soul
Referred by: Net Search
From: Tumwater
Time: 1999-12-26 19:23:34
Comments: This has always been The United Hates of America. Jews, women, 'witches', Catholics, Japanese & Italian Americans, suspected Communists, Africans and Chinese have all been victimized by wide-spread hatred in this country's history. Bill's Story is not about homosexuality: it is about this country's long, lusty love affair w hatred. I live w it every day of my life. Like any abuser worth their salt, this country always blames the people they victimize. Thanks for the website!

Name: Matthew Jay Wilson
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Pueblo, CO
Time: 1999-12-24 14:44:13
Comments: I am very impressed with this web page, and even though I don't know Bill, I wish I could have. When doing this search I typed in {How to Commit siucide}, and you would be amazed at how many tributes are there as a result of young Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual suicide. It is such a shame.

Name: Mackenzie Ann Fahy
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Sioux Falls, SD - student in Vermillion, SD
Time: 1999-12-22 11:10:47
Comments: I was/am sencerly moved by your story. I am a 19 year old college freshman and am just now really coming to terms with my own sexuality. I have known for years (since I was about 13) that there was always just something about me that was different, something that just wasn't quite right. And now with the help of a few Very close friends, I am starting to open up about my sexuality, not only to myself, but to others as well. One reason I was afraid of coming out about being extremly bisexual was the fear of being called "trendy" - lots of straight females are calling themselves "bi" because I guess its the "in" thing to be these days, because of this, those of us who are sincerly bisexual, have a very hard time being taken seriously. The other reason is that I am in South Dakota - we're talking completly white bread america here. While yes, we are making enormis progress, in that our numbers and being public are growing, we still have such a long way to go. I attend the University of South Dakota, which resently got rid of its Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender organization for some unknown reason. students have tried to re-organize it with out much luck. Because of the disrimination I see everyday on campus - (most people have no idea that i am gay)I plan on moving to minneapolis and attend the University there just because I know that my sexuality will not such an issue, and that people are more accepting and educated about others' differences. Sexual disrimination at USD is an everyday thing - casually calling their friends "fagots" or "queer" - feeling no sympathy when they see those Public Serive anouncements about tolerance concerning Mathew Separd. All these little things add up and you're just thinking to yourself "my god whats wrong with these people?" then you realize that they don't know any better, that they were raised in ignorance, and don't want to put the effort into educating themselves about others differances. I just wanted to write and tell you that I applaud your son and his courage to come out despite all the disrimination that would await him once he did come out. I wish I had the same courage to come out to the world and not just my dearest friends, but I really don't know if I could be strong enough to stick to my guns. you are a truley good woman for giving young people like my self an outlet - some hope, in all our confusion. thank you, sincerly, Mackenzie Ann Fahy

Name: Gloria B.
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Tucson, AZ
Time: 1999-12-22 10:25:32
Comments: I'm very sorry about the death of your son. Bieng a lesbian as well as a sexual abuse surviver I've felt some of the same things that your son had. Its a scary world out there and sometimes you feel like you should just give up. Bill is very lucky to have parents that will never give up. Peace to your family.

Name: Deborah
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: California
Time: 1999-12-21 17:00:27
Comments: I am sorry to hear about this story.I wish that it did not have to be here on the internet. But, in today's society, stories like this are going to become more common. Best wishes to the family. And a Merry Christmas.

Name: Per-Martin Rudhamn
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Sweden, Jönköping
Time: 1999-12-21 14:31:43
Comments: It´s a tragedy, when a young child take there life. I took this page to school and let all of my friends to read this, and they said that. To be in love is the graetest thing in life, why should people have problems with it. Best regards from Per-martin Rudhamn

Name: Jeff London
Referred by: Net Search
From: Oregon
Time: 1999-12-20 23:04:20
Comments: A filmmaker looking for true stories to base a screenplay on. I support you and your courage to carry this information on for Bill and the many others. My research has taken me into realization of how many crimes are commited. I am amazed and have chosen to spend a good part of my film career making a difference. Keep a look out for my film "and then came summer" do out in either selected theaters or home video within the next months. If we humans can help, we should. My best to you and your family, Jeff London, Director

Name: Michael
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: California
Time: 1999-12-20 19:24:40
Comments: "Lots of Love Gabi!"

Name: Breeanne
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: california
Time: 1999-12-20 15:57:48
Comments: hi, I am doing a project for my socioligy class on hate crimes against Gays lesbians and bi-sexuals. I am sorry about your son. It is very tragic how todays society can be so blind and ignorant .

Name: kristin
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: pennsylvania
Time: 1999-12-19 20:00:31
Comments: Gabi i am sorry about what happened to Bill. my thoughts are with you!! you are a strong woman and i truely admire what you have done for him and for other bisexual people. you are a great woman!!! God bless you and ur family!!

Name: Harold Peters
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Toledo Ohio
Time: 1999-12-19 07:36:56
Comments: It was inspiring to see the love & support that you show. I am a 58 year old out gay man. I'm very active with our local PFLAG.We will be using your story at our meetings to help new parents cope as they come to terms with their own childs coming out process. Keep up the good work.The world needs more like you. Harold Peters 12/19/99

Name: jim
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
Time: 1999-12-17 15:20:49
Comments: Sorry to hear about your son. There are a lot of stupid, insensitive people in this world,unfortunately.

Name: Christina Scull
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Colorado
Time: 1999-12-16 12:01:59
Comments: I am sorry for what happened to your family. That sounds very hollow to me but I am sad that this kind of thing can happen and their are not words that could ever express that. I dont understand the dark hate that is invading so many souls. God be with you.

Name: Tom
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
Time: 1999-12-15 09:14:03
Comments: Searching the web for news of old friends I came across Gabi's page. I briefly knew Gabi, Alec, Bill and Noel (they probably don't remember) through their friend Catherine. Despite such a short acquaintance Bill's tragic death and Gabi's beautiful "Bill's Story" touched me deeply. Gabi's continuing work on behalf of gay and lesbian youth is simply awe-inspiring. The world is so often an ugly place but it is occasionally made beautiful by people such as Gabi, Alec, Bill, Noel and Catherine.

Name: Kyle J. Johnson
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Hornell, NY
Time: 1999-12-14 14:11:11
Comments: This story was touching. I hope all of your family is doing well. My love and prayers are with you.

Name: Richard Flanagn
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Pa.
Time: 1999-12-14 11:43:31
Comments: My heart goes out to you and all loving and accepting parents of bi- or gay children. I'm 45 and had horrible experiences as a youth growing up in a world full of homophobia.But somehow I survived, but I still fear and feel the hate that is out there.

Name: Greg
Referred by: Net Search
From: Alaska
Time: 1999-12-13 16:02:59
Comments: First and foremost I would like to express my heart felt sympathy to you and your family at the loss of Bill, who from what I have read was nothing less than an angel put on this earth by God. I am a 23 year old gay man living in the silence that has been created by all the hatred in today's society. I am out to only one person, that being a very close friend from my years in Jr. High & High School. I must admit that the experience of coming out to him was better than I had hoped. Although I have never experienced the direct physical and mental abuse Bill did in his all too short time on earth, I do partially know what he went through. The isolation, the depression, the suicidal thoughts. Fortunately for myself, I have never been too low I couldn't bring myself back to a state where I knew suicide wasn't the answer. Bill's story moved me to tears. I can tell you that the thoughts of coming out to my family have increased in the past months for me, finding out my Grandfather who I love dearly may not be around for very much longer I have the sudden sense of urgency to let him know the real me. I pray that I will be able to do so before it's too late. I also pray for you and your family all the while knowing Bill is in a kinder, gentler place. Stand strong, never give up the fight. In my heart, Bill will never be forgotten ... but even having never had the chance to know him personally, he will be missed.

Name: Flora W. Walker
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Hampton, GA
Time: 1999-12-13 07:48:03
Comments: When my children were little and I told them about segregation, they thought I was making it up. Why would anyone hate a person because of skin color? I hope that by speaking out against hate based on sexual orientation, the treatment Bill endured will someday be equally mystifying to a new generation.

Name: Bri
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: a world not meant for me...
Time: 1999-12-12 19:01:57
Comments: I stumbled upon this amazing site while looking for information to do a speech on for a class... I am an openly bisexual youth as well... I also came out at fourteen... I understand the things your son went through... the depression... the suical cravings... but the one thing I can never relate to is the love and acceptance you gave your son after his coming out... my father is a very religious man who on top of it has strong issues with himself... I remember when I came out to him he screamed... he cursed... he threw things... he hit me... but that wasn't the worst part... all that I could have looked past... but it was in the aftermath of his fury that he told me he would pray for my eternally damned soul even though he knew God would have no mercy on it... and now... a year and a half later... He still lives in denile... I left my school because of the ridicule and discrimination that was forced upon me... I spent time in the hospital to try to overcome the suicidal urges and the depression... but I learned that going back was what I needed most... Nothing changed really except the way I viewed life... I still strongly believe that I wasn't meant for this world... but I also believe that noone can hurt me anymore than I've already been hurt... I won't let them... and that's what gets me through the day... your story will serve as another stepping stone in my struggle for survivlr in this life.. thank you

Name: Amanda Jo
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From: Colorado
Time: 1999-12-12 17:30:27
Comments: After reading the story about Bill I have begun to realize that the hate toward lesbians, gays, and bisexuals is greater than people realize. In the Bible it states that god loves us for who we are. One should be loved by thier personality and spirit only, not hated because of their sexual preference. I am a lesbian, but have not come out to very many people. I wish I could have known Bill because I know he could have helped me bring forth my own sexuality.

Name: Douglas Grant
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Arizona
Time: 1999-12-12 13:04:48
Comments: I can understand a portion of your pain. One of my frineds in school just commited suicide. The Satuday before Thanksgiving, he told his family he was gay. They reacted badly (and disowned him) On the next Wednesday, he killed himself. I was so shocked by his death, I couldn't even go to his funeral - the effort to get dressed made me pnysically ill! When my friends came to pick me up, I was still in my sweats and started crying, because I couldn't get into anything appropriate. The next week was not good, I had told him so many times that people speak before they think way too often. I was one of the ones that encouraged him to come out to his family, because it was tearing him up so much. I don't think I am responsible, but I still wonder, sometimes if I did the right thing. The part I hate the most is that I don't even have a picture of him or anything to remember him by. I can and will survive this, but I just can't understand how anyone, especially parents, could be that brutal to someone.

Name: David
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
Time: 1999-12-11 20:02:04
Comments: Thank you.

Name: Damien
Referred by: Tripod
From: Belgium
Time: 1999-12-11 13:22:30
Comments: Pain is over, Fear is gone, You're not here, Flying to the sun. You took off, Leaving a black hole, Your body lying there, In the skies, your travelling soul. First begging on your knees, Now, finding inner peace. Fly... Damien

Name: alex
Referred by: AOL
From: miami
Time: 1999-12-11 11:07:38
Comments: he is not forgotten

Name: Spring
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Milwaukee
Time: 1999-12-10 22:04:54
Comments: I'm so sorry for the pain that You all have suffered. I Pray that someday there will be Peace. Your son (wherever he is) Is in a better place. You all are in my prayers.

Name: Angela Arthur
Referred by: Net Search
From: Sumner, WA
Time: 1999-12-10 07:54:20
Comments: I found you while pulling research for a paper addressing what it means to be homosexual in contemporary American society. These terrible hate crimes, among many other social dysfunctions lead me to this topic. As a graduate student in the field of psychology, I strive to understand all human diversity from an accepting, positive position. What I have read here moved me deeply, and my heart is filled with love and respect for you, your husband, and eldest son. I am saddened that I will never be allowed to met Bill, for I know I would have grown from the experience.

Name: Bill is a loser gay fag
Website: Bill died but he did other stuff to it doesnt work
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From: your moms house
Time: 1999-12-10 06:57:33
Comments: Bill had gay sex

Name: Jimmy
Website: Pop-Tart Palace
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New Jersey
Time: 1999-12-09 03:26:56
Comments: i give you and your family so much respect i am a 19 yo gay male, and i unfortunitly when i was younger around 15 before i actually "accepted", who i was, i actually was a "gay basher", and used to and smack and bully never attacked, but just verbal and the occasional shove the open gay kids in my town, and i guess u can call it a twist of fate, my current boyfriend for a year and haf, was one of those kids in HS and middle school, that i bashed, i feel badly for what i have done, and i feel badly, that bill had to go through what i put others through, and believe me, i showed this page to one of my friends who used to be a "basher" with me, and both of us practically broke out in tears, well i did actually break out...he just saw everything in a different light, and if this story can change my friends mine...i am sure it can do the same to many others, good luck to you, and best of wishes Jimmy

Name: Lynne
Website: Lynne's home
Referred by: From a Friend
From: England
Time: 1999-12-08 17:49:20
Comments: thank you for this page

Name: Lonnie E. Duncan
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Patoka, In
Time: 1999-12-08 17:45:50
Comments: Dear Miss Clayton, I am doing a research paper on School Violence with an insight on gay hate crimes. I want you to know that I was lucky enough to find this sight, and although i have not yet finished redaing it, I have been deaply moved by it. I can feel each emotion that you put into verey word. I thought that you should know just how well written your site was, and how I hope it will help my paper emmensly.. I wish you the best... Lonnie E. Duncan

Name: Meredith Stevenson
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Kansas City, MO
Time: 1999-12-08 10:49:10
Comments: This is a truly amazing website. I can't imagine what strength it took to put this all together. You have answered many questions I had about hate crimes and their effects on people and families. You may be wondering how I stumbled upon this site. I am doing a speech for my Public Speaking class on the subject of hate crimes. Your family's stories have given me new insight on this subject. Any help or advice you could give me to convey an anti-hate message would be very greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and effort. Meredith Stevenson

Name: Elena
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: nyc
Time: 1999-12-08 08:53:08
Comments: I am so sorry for the lose of your son. It is a shame how there are people out there who have nothing better to do with themselves, or are so unhappy with themselves that they must torment others based on there sexual preferance

Name: lg
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
Time: 1999-12-08 02:41:17
Comments: God Bless you, and hope and pray that your endeavers help stop these hate crimes against humanity. Being an ethnic minority I can empathize how cruel this world can be. And all because of fears, and blatent un-willingness to understand, care and respect differences (diversity if you will) . My words are very simple, by I will be praying that GOD Blesses you with peace. Thank you for sharing....!

Name: Chris Coomer
Referred by: AOL
From: Arlington, Texas
Time: 1999-12-07 20:46:50
Comments: I am so proud to be a part of a group that has people like Bill. This story has opened a part of me that I haven't seen in a while. I am not ashamed to be gay, but I haven't fought for what is deserved. I live in Texas and the hate crimes are growing everyday. I guess the reason I haven't been a part of helping is because I have yet to be a victim of any type of abuse, (even verbal.) I have been very fortunate to have loving and caring friends and family. My deepest apologies for Bill and again I thank you for sharing your story with me.

Name: Mike
Website: Mike's Page
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: South Ga.
Time: 1999-12-07 18:46:09
Comments: I am a closeted bisexual in fear that things like this could happen to me. I am truely sorry for the loss of a wonderful person like Bill. For any reason if anyone needs help with this dificult situation please talk to someone. I urge all Gays, Bisexuals, Lesbians, and even those of you who are Straight to pull together and lets end the hate and violence in the world towards homophobia. Thank you for your time. Mike

Name: karen
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: new york
Time: 1999-12-07 16:38:58
Comments: i found your web site very moving. i am VERY sorry about the lose of your son. I know the pain is something that never goes away

Name: Smiley
Website: Smiley's Homepage
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Canada
Time: 1999-12-07 12:33:27
Comments: Hi: Your site was informative...When you have time could you come and visit my Homepage...and please sign my guestbook!!!!!!! CU Smiley

Name: antman
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: CT
Time: 1999-12-07 08:05:29
Comments: i am sorry about your son! He seemed like a very bright and handsom young man! It is very sad to see a young life go because of someone's insecurities!

Name: Anastasia Moonstar
Website: Dark wonder: POTO tribute and Self injury awareness
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Elma New York
Time: 1999-12-06 09:36:16
Comments: I was so moved by "Bill's Story" not only because it was such a tragedy and such a fantastic young man was lost, but because I am all to familar with suicide and hate crimes. I would like to thankyou for your story and hope that the horrors are over soon.

Name: Jessica
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Connecticut
Time: 1999-12-05 13:00:34
Comments: I am doing a paper on hate crimes and looking for personal storys. Now that I have read your sons story i relize the importants of edjucation of the puplic. I plan to be a social worker ans make a differntance. Thank you for caring his story.

Name: lisa day
Website: hate crimes
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: new mexico
Time: 1999-12-03 16:56:13
Comments: Even though i am not lesbian or bisexual, i was touched by the story and thought i should send my condolences and respect for you all and your family for what you have done. Your family is seems to be strong and one every homosexual would love to have. thank for sharing this with us all. take care and best wishes

Name: Ken Vibert
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Toronto,Canada
Time: 1999-12-03 10:32:53
Comments: I sit here crying after reading your sons story it really touched me. It also makes me wonder about why people can have so much hate because they class another person as being different,when in actually we are all human and should learn to love one another instead of also makes me angry that the justice system doesn't do enough to deter this kind of action and yet they wonder why people sometimes take the law into their own hands.Just recectly there was a young jewish boy kicked to death here in Toronto over a pack of cigarettes and the ones who did it still are out there i makes me wonder.In fact a few years ago i had a friend who got raped and the police did nothing to help him this really upset me so i took it upon myself to protect him from ever having to endure that kind of thing again.I am a 34 year old man who has decided to help people who need my help and you would not believe the people who i get calling me cause they need advice or just to chat cause they have various problems that is hard to deal with so they get my number from friends and call me,i personally think kindness is much easier to deal with than being nasty as did your son.In closing i would once again like to send my deepest sympathy to your family and say the loss of a loved one is never easy no matter what the circumstances and you seem like a very loving person as is my mom i don't know what i would do without her.

Name: Joshua G
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: OHIO
Time: 1999-12-01 22:20:47
Comments: i have not red this story completely yet i have printed it and will do so

Name: Jessica
Referred by: Net Search
From: Ft.Worth, Texas
Time: 1999-12-01 17:58:19
Comments: I'm sorry about what happened to your son. It should be a law in all 50 states to were just because some ones Gay Or Lesbian you cant beat them thats wrong. I am afraid to come out to my Grandparents so i under stand because I also have thought about sucide. well I think its great that you made this site it dose help. - Jessica W.

Name: Bud
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Chicago
Time: 1999-12-01 14:16:29
Comments: I, too, am bisexual. I've accepted it and thus have accepted myself. Bill was a very lucky young man to have a family like you. Although the fear and the hate continues in our society, I'm glad there are people like you to keep the hope alive. I wish you all the best.

Name: TINA
Referred by: AOL
Time: 1999-12-01 09:41:15

Name: Lindsay
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Minneapolis Minnesota
Time: 1999-11-30 22:28:30
Comments: Your story touched my heart. Your son was, and is a pure angel. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing your story with the world.

Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: mass
Time: 1999-11-29 21:53:47
Comments: touching

Name: Drew Haaland
Referred by: AOL
From: Homer, NY
Time: 1999-11-28 17:51:02
Comments: I am deeply touched by this story. Being a gay teenager, and having recently come out to my school, I have experienced firsthand the homophobia in our society. I can only hope that things will get better, and do my part, somehow, to liberate other gay/bi/trans people from the hate and violence we are put through today.

Name: Colin
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: South Africa
Time: 1999-11-28 12:37:36
Comments: In South Africa, your blood will not be accepted at a blood bank if you indicate that you have ever had a sexual experience with another man. Ever. One wonders why they bother testing the blood at all, if they do.

Name: Gabi Clayton
Website: an index page to past guestbook pages, responses, and more...
Referred by: Tripod
From: Olympia, WA
Time: 1999-11-27 09:25:40
Comments: This new guestbook was started on 11/27/99. Links to pages with past responses to Bill's story are on the index page. Thank you so much for signing my guestbook. Love, Gabi

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