In the wake of Tyler Clementi’s suicide because of (gay) teenage bullying, celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton, who became (in)famous for “outing” closet gay and lesbian stars has vowed to quit blog bullying. Perez also vowed to support the growing campaign to raise awareness about teen suicides and gay bullying.
He said he no longer wants to be portrayed as a bully and would change his website so that he no longer called people nasty nicknames or “outed” people.
Perez’ change of heart comes after the suicide of 19-year-old college student Clementi, whose encounter with a gay man was secretly filmed by a roommate and distributed on the Internet. Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge between New York City and New Jersey.
According to Perez, “Over the last two weeks I have been doing everything I can to bring awareness to the teen suicides and gay bullying.”
“In doing so a lot of people have called me a hypocrite and a bully myself and a big one … From now on I really want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem,” added Perez, who is himself openly gay.