Eric James Borges, 19, of Visalia, California, succumbed to suicide Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Known as EricJames to his friends, he was an intern with the Trevor Project, and a Supplemental instructor at the College of the Sequoias.
Word began spreading late Wednesday among shocked and saddened friends and acquaintances. Not accepted by his birth family, EricJames was striking out on his own, trying to deal with his personal situation, but also wanting to help others. Sadly, even involvement with the Trevor Project was not enough to help him navigate the turbulent waters of young adulthood.
EricJames posted this video on November 10, 2011.
EricJames also made a “It Gets Better” video, and posted it in December of last year.
I met EricJames recently, at the launching of My LGBT Plus, a youth oriented resource site, based in Fresno, California. A brief introduction left me with the impression of a fine young man, and I regret that I did not get to know him better.
Friends have begun planning a memorial, details will be updated here as they become available.
Our condolences to the family and friends of EricJames.
If you are finding it difficult to deal with the issues of being LGBTQ, the Trevor Project is available, with peer counselors available to talk to you about problems you may be facing. Contact them at The Trevor Project, or call the toll-free hotline, at 866-488-7386. Help is available, and people are ready to listen.
UPDATE: Friday 1/13/12 0400 PST
The first of two memorials has been announced.
From the Facebook event page by College of the Sequoias – Theatre Arts Department
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
3:00pm until 6:00pm
As much of our community now knows, our student and friend, Eric James Borges, succumbed to suicide on Wednesday evening, January 11. The world has lost a beautiful, gentle, and nurturing soul from his passing, and the COS Theatre Department would like to provide an opportunity for his friends and admirers to gather together to discuss his life and his legacy. We will be showing some of his work, reading from some of his stories, and offering an outlet for folks to ask questions and receive guidance during this difficult time. If you would like to offer any assistance with this gathering, please contact Professor Chris Mangels at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If anyone would like to talk to someone about the loss of EricJames, or may have thoughts about suicide , please contact the the Trevor Project lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Please feel free to spread the word about this event.
Facebook event page.
A second memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 21, 2012
Due to the expected turnout, the venue for Saturday’s memorial has changed.
The new location is The Lamp Liter Inn, 3300 W. Mineral King, Visalia, Map
1:00 pm Facebook event page, here.