19 Year old lesbian Aiyisha Hassan, A former Howard University student died from suicide on Tuesday, Oct. 5, in her home state of California.
Lauren Morris, 21, a senior at Howard, who lived in the same building as Hassan from 2008-2009, ”She was having a lot of trouble with a lot of different things,” Morris says, ”but mainly her sexual identity and just trying to express that.”
Amari Ice, 22, president of C.A.S.C.A.D.E., the Coalition of Activist Students Celebrating the Acceptance of Diversity and Equality, Howard University’s LGBT student group, said Lauren was a lesbian who attended C.A.S.C.A.D.E. meetings regularly.
Sterling Washington, co-founder of C.A.S.C.A.D.E. and former president, came upon news of Hassan’s suicide after attending a C.A.S.C.A.D.E. event at the university this week. ”What happens in a large group trickles down to the junior members… so in this case it’s members of society so it affects youth in general,” he said. ”Those straight-identified youth who already had a proclivity, who already had from their parents, their socialization, this idea that gays are less than, it sort of gives them permission and facilities this whole bullying thing so that those that are most vulnerable to it sometimes see suicide as an out.”
A vigil was held Thursday to mourn Aiyisha passing at Howard University last Thursday night.
That makes 7 LGBT suicides that we know of this past month. And that’s 7 too many.