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Family of Jamey Rodemeyer: Three voices making a difference

SAN DIEGO -- The family of Jamey Rodemeyer spoke at the final day of the San Diego CESCaL conference, highlighting a weekend focus on supplying educators with tools to address the needs of LGBT and questioning youth. Rodemeyer was 14 years old when he committed suicide in 2011, due in part to being bullied for his sexuality.

His parents Tim and Tracy Rodemeyer spoke following their daughter, and Jamey Rodemeyer’s sister, Alyssa. The three have become a team of advocates, traveling the United States to tell their family story and raise awareness of bullying.

“Jamey was so passionate,” Tim Rodemeyer said. “It’s because of him [that] we do it. I hope you guys take what you learn here and put it to good use, because I’m sick and tired hearing of kids being bullied just because they are different.”

The San Diego State University Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL) conference, called Supporting Students – Saving Lives, is now in its fourth year. The Rodemeyers spoke Sunday, Feb. 17 during the conference’s plenary, where educators and administrators joined students to hear several guest speakers, including bullied teen Jonah Mowry, Abbe Land of The Trevor Project and Jorge Valencia of the Point Foundation. A performance by De’Borah of NBC’s “The Voice” concluded the plenary.

Read the full story in Gay San Diego, a SDGLN media partner, HERE.