"[The bullying] was serious enough and I felt desperate enough that I wanted to end my own life. And I'm very lucky that my suicide attempt was not successful ... I fundamentally don't understand it. I've never been a bully. And it's largely because ... I was always the object of bullying. And it was just a horrible way to grow up, and to live in fear of going into a playground behind the school or walking home from school. It's an awful way to live every day." -- "Larry King Live," Oct. 4.
"I know what it's like to be bullied and teased every single day. And I know that it may seem like there is no chance at happiness left. But I promise you there is a world full of acceptance and love just waiting for you to find it." -- YouTube video uploaded Oct. 4.
"Dear America, when you tell gay Americans they can't serve their country openly or marry the person that they love, you're telling that to kids too, so don't be f**king shocked and wonder where all these bullies are coming from that are torturing young kids and driving them to kill themselves because they're different -- they learned it from watching you." -- YouTube video uploaded Oct. 4.
"For the love of Pete, there's no need to harm yourself if something is going bad. You can act with strength, you can act with courage, you can act with class. Stand tall, be proud of who you are. This is a good time that we live in, and we're being granted more and more rights. And that's awesome, and it will continue in that direction. Yeah – be proud." -- MTV Public Service Announcement posted Oct. 1.
"When you're 13, 14, you just go along with what the other people are doing. You just want to fit in. You want to make sure that your friends like you. So yeah, you're going to crack jokes, you're going to laugh along with it. And when you're a teenager, you're not really thinking, 'Oh, I'm being a bully by laughing along with it.' ... I think that's the main reason people do bully, is to look cool in front of your friends. But you've just got to realize you're not being cool at all. I mean, it's the stupidest thing to do." -- "Larry King Live," Oct. 4.
"When I was a teenager, I was bullied a lot, and I felt very insecure and very scared, and I didn't want to live. And I just want to reach out to these kids and make sure that they stay with us." -- People magazine, Oct. 5.
"When society as a whole has basically told the kids that 'It's okay,' that 'We're a group that you can pick on, that you that don't have to treat as equal,' I mean, we see that in, you know, in the laws and everything else that's out here, in the churches that they preach that homophobia is wrong. You pretty much have given kids permission to disrespect and, you know, and to cause harm to the gay and lesbian community. -- "Larry King Live," Oct. 4.
"Being a teenager and figuring out who you are is hard enough without someone attacking you. My heart is breaking for their families, for their friends and for our society that continues to let this happen. These kids needed us. And we have an obligation to change this. There are messages everywhere that validate this kind of bullying and taunting. And we have to make it stop. We can't let intolerance and ignorance take another kid's life."