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Navarro: Don't Let the Bullies Win

Navarro: Don't Let the Bullies Win

In response to the the recent coverage of multiple suicides by teenagers being harassed by antigay bullies, rocker Dave Navarro wrote a statement for blogger Perez Hilton, urging LGBT teens, "DO NOT LET THEM WIN."

Navarro writes: "The strength and character it must take to stay true to yourself in such an unforgiving microcosm are qualities that a major portion of the world lacks… Sad, but true. It’s just how it is at the moment. However, it’s that very strength and character that gives the world hope for a new way of thinking and acceptance in the future and when one of our children gives in and gives up, it is not only a tragedy but a victory for those who fear diversity. DO NOT LET THEM WIN!"

The Jane's Addiction guitarist says there were moments in high school that he considered suicide: "Personally, I have seen a lot of darkness and tragedy that has felt insurmountable. The murder of my mother, my battle with drug addiction, the loss of friends and family. Utter depression and despair. Of course the thought of suicide has crossed my mind a time or two. Let me share this. THANK GOD I never took that action. The friends I have made, the experiences I have had, the laughter I have shared would have all been missed. In hindsight, some of my darkest moments now seem so small and insignificant that I am amazed I gave them so much power at the time. I am even able to laugh about it now."

Read the full letter here.

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