CA Teen Filmmaker Commits Suicide After Making “It Gets Better” Video


Nineteen-year-old gay filmmaker Eric James Borges, who often went by EricJames online, committed suicide yesterday, a month after recording an “It Gets Better” video and seemingly finding support in the gay community.

Jim Reeves of Oueerlandia reports:

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.

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.

Memorials have begun pouring in at My LGBT Plus. Justin Kamimoto wrote:

Throughout the Central Valley we remember the life of Eric James Borges, 19, of Visalia, California. I first met Eric at the Reel Pride Film Festival where he helped with The Trevor Project booth at the Youth Pizza Party and again when he came to support My Lgbt Plus at our unveil in November. Not only was he a very kind and talented individual, you could see that he had a passion in his eyes to do something great. I wish I had more time to get to know you Eric – your LGBTQ family we will always love and miss you.

Rest in peace, EricJames.