Jul 192013

Tonight I would like to ded­ic­ate my per­form­ance of La donna del lago to the memory of Car­los Vigil — a New Mex­ican teen who com­mit­ted sui­cide after being mer­ci­lessly bul­lied through­out school. His sui­cide note is bey­ond tragic.

But I would also like to ded­ic­ate it to every single child who bul­lied him along the way, and those who stood by silently as well–may they wit­ness the great loss of a pre­cious human life and exper­i­ence a RADICAL change of heart, work­ing to oblit­er­ate bul­ly­ing and dis­crim­in­a­tion for the rest of their days.

Rest in peace, Carlos.

Car­los Vigil, a 17-year-old from New Mex­ico, pos­ted a sui­cide let­ter on Twit­ter: “I’m sorry for not being a per­son that would make someone proud”, say­ing he was “a loser, a freak and a fag” . Car­los’ father saw the note on Twit­ter and found his son uncon­scious at home. On Tues­day, the fam­ily decided to switch off his life sup­port. His organs have been transplanted.

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  One Response to “Joyce DiDonato dedicates her performance to gay suicide teen Carlos”

  1. Thank you for speak­ing up and hon­or­ing Car­los’ life — you gave him the dig­nity and respect he never felt from his peers at school or elsewhere.

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