The parents of Zach Harrington, a young gay man from Norman, Okla., who took his own life this month, say that an antigay municipal meeting may have driven their son to suicide.
According to the Dallas Voice, “On Sept. 28, Harrington attended a three-hour public hearing on a proposal to declare October gay history month in the city. Although the council ultimately approved the proposal, Harrington’s parents described the meeting as potentially ‘toxic’ for their son, a private person who internalized his feelings.”
Harrington, 19, struggled with his sexual orientation at his conservative high school in Norman, according to the Voice. He took his own life at his family’s home seven days after he attended the city council meeting.