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James Clementi
James Clementi is a writer and LGBT advocate from New Jersey who currently works in New York City as the spokesperson for the Tyler Clementi Foundation, which promotes safe, inclusive and respectful social environments in homes, schools, campuses, churches and the digital world for vulnerable youth, LGBT youth and their allies. The foundation is named for James' younger brother Tyler, who ended his life in 2010 at just 18 years old after being the victim of cyber-bullying and an invasion of privacy for being gay. A graduate of Skidmore College, James is dedicated to increasing acceptance for LGBT people.

Entries by James Clementi

What Parents, Youth and Allies Need to Know as We Recognize National Coming Out Day

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 9:00 AM

In recognition of National Coming Out Day this Oct. 11, I joined my mother and father, Jane and Joseph Clementi, in a conversation with LGBT rights activist and fellow HuffPost blogger Mitchell Gold. Mitchell wanted to get to the heart of why coming out matters and how we can better...

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Looking for Tyler: How My Baby Brother's Legacy Is Helping Build a Better Culture for Vulnerable Youth

(42) Comments | Posted September 22, 2013 | 9:58 AM

Since my brother passed away, time has taken on a different form. Years have seemed to go by on fast-forward, and at other times moments have crawled by. While I can't always feel the passage of time, today marks precisely three years since Tyler's suicide on Sept. 22, 2010. In...

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A Brother's Pledge: Standing Up for Love

(110) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Photo courtesy of James Clementi and the Tyler Clementi Foundation

I remember sitting in church and hearing the sermons about what it means to be a Christian -- the commandment to love your neighbor as you love yourself -- and thinking that this just didn't...

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UNC System Bans Gender-Inclusive Housing, Creating Hostile Schools

(28) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 10:38 PM

Last week North Carolina saw a major setback for the rights of college students to live and learn in a safe and inclusive environment. The University of North Carolina's Board of Governors voted last Friday to place a ban on gender-inclusive housing at all 17 UNC campuses, mandating that students...

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Could an Empathetic Bystander Have Helped My Brother?

(354) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 9:01 AM

It seems like the laws of the playground have followed me from childhood into my adult life. The pressure to conform started early for me. By the time I was in the first grade, I knew I needed to play the same sports that the athletes played, watch the same...

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