Queer and Queerer Ep. 31 – Remembering Brandon Bitner: Moving Forward After a Teen Suicide

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It’s been a tough week here in central PA. Peterson and Zack commit this episode to discussing the loss of Brandon Bitner, a local 14-year-old who committed suicide on November 5 after suffering bullying about his perceived gender and sexuality. We talk about learning about his death, attending his funeral, and community reactions afterward. While we’ve talked about bullying and suicide on previous episodes, we now take a first-hand look at how our own communities are struggling to cope and make meaning of this tragic loss. Our hearts go out to all the friends, family, and loved ones struggling not only with Brandon’s death, but all young people who leave us too soon.

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Here’s some more information about what we talked about this week:

» BrandonBitner.com, a site committed to his remembrance.

» Zack’s posts about Brandon’s death and attending his funeral.

» The Daily Item‘s coverage of this weekend’s forum.

» John Corvino’s article about working with evangelical Christians.

» Trans Day of Remembrance.

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