Kelly Moorhead lost her daughter three months ago, when she took her own life because she couldn’t handle the ridicule she faced for being gay.
Now she is saying that her daughter’s life could have been saved with better LGBT education in schools, and is calling for this to implemented to save further heartbreak.
Kelly says that her daughter, Chloe, came out to her at the age of 15 – just over a year ago. Kelly says that she was “so proud” that Chloe had the strength to come out to her so young.
But sadly, Chloe found that support outside of her family circle was left wanting.
Kelly said: “My Chloe used to get told ‘You choose this life’. That’s something a lot of people think, adults included, not just children. A lot of them are just picking up the adults’ attitudes. If the parents are that way inclined then their kids usually are as well.”
“Unless it’s personal in their own family, and they know someone related who is gay then it seems to change but from what I know and all the messages I’ve had since Chloe died, it’s absolutely horrendous. All the grief and the stigma that they have to put up with is awful. Until my daughters came out I had no idea these kinds of attitudes still existed in this day and age.”
“[Chloe] would come in the odd time and say ‘Such-and-such has asked us if me and Samantha [Chloe’s sister] have kissed and said we must have because we’re both gay’. I’d just tell her they’re just kids, they don’t understand but these kinds of things really got Chloe.”
“What got her most was if she had an argument with someone at school and they’d call her a dyke. I’m just realising now that although she was no-nonsense, and she wouldn’t take any nonsense from anyone, every time she was getting called something it obviously has been hurting her.”
Kelly is adamant that better LGBT education could have helped save her daughter’s life.
“This is why I think it’s essential this issue is brought into schools, and made a part of the lessons in class. It can’t be an option, it needs to be part of lessons. You could easily bring it in as part of the PSE class for example. It could have saved her life.”
“The question that we have to ask ourselves is simple – how many more young people have to die before we buckle-up and tackle these issues? Because this article should never have had to be printed and Chloe should still be here.”
“Our government have been quick to support our campaign, but now it’s time for action and not just words. My message is yes, there is hate out there, but I want people who are gay, lesbian, transsexual, to see that not everyone is a bigot or has a negative attitude. There is support out there. We never will abolish hate, but I want them to see that there are people who support them. We’re here.”