Twenty-five years, and my Mount Saint Helens Letter

May 8, 2020 was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the day our son Bill committed suicide after and in response to being assaulted in a bashing based on his sexual orientation. I knew it was coming but when I woke up that morning it hadn’t struck me yet when our son Noel sent me a text …

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Mother’s Day 2011. Bittersweet.

Today is a bittersweet Mothers’ Day.Bitter because THIS is the year I found out some of how much my Mother lied before her death in 1990. They were big lies. Giant lies. Its complicated and I am still learning and sorting it out and probably will be for a long time. Complicated too because as …

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Bullying: Breaking The Cycle – a documentary Alec and I were in – is now online

Alec and I were in a KIRO 7 (Seattle) Family Connection Special Presentation documentary, Bullying: Breaking The Cycle, which aired on March 17 and March 26, 2011. It can now be watched online in four segments: Segment 1, Segment 2, Segment 3, and Segment 4. Those segments are all linked from this page: you …

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An anniversary and a thank you

The beginning of Bill’s Story was a single page with photo of Bill and a simple statement about him committing suicide after a gay bashing. I had a request to people to help end the hate, and I mentioned being a member of PFLAG. A man in Los Angeles was searching for information about that …

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Video: How I Got To Play John Lennon’s IMAGINE Piano.

Steve Schalchlin describes “how a simple Internet posting of a friend’s son’s death (Bill Clayton) turned into the opportunity of a lifetime, thanks to pop star George Michael and Kenny Goss, a chance to play the piano upon which John Lennon wrote the song “Imagine.” The interview is by our friend Tracey Thornton.

‘By Omission’ – “losing ground in silence”

Safe Schools Coalition and our son Bill were mentioned in this report: On Friday, in a hearing before the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee, Senators Nicole LeFavour (D-Boise) and Charles Coiner (R-Twin Falls) introduced legislation prohibiting employment, housing and education discrimination based on an individual’s real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill …

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