Jonah Mowry, a bullied homosexual youth who is currently in the eighth grade, shared a video on YouTube describing his struggles on a series of cue cards.
The young boy remains silent throughout the powerful and emotional video titled Whats goin on. His story is expressed through written words and the song Breathe Me by Sia.
Mowry details how bullying has affected his life tremendously. He began cutting himself when he was just in second grade. He lifts up his shirt to display his scars to the camera.
Suicide was an option ... many times, wrote the 14-year-old.
Mowry fights back tears throughout the four-minute recording, as he holds up cards reading A lot of people hate me. I don't know why ... but I guess I do.
Cuz [sic] I kinda hate me too.
The sad young boy holds up a card with the derogatory phrases that have been spewed at him.
Despite the sadness, Mowry expresses hope.
I'm tired of being torn down, he writes. But ... I'm not going anywhere. Because I'm STRONGER than that. And I have a million reasons to be here.
Mowry is not the first gay youth to post an emotion-filled YouTube video about bullying. Jamey Rodemeyer contributed a video to the It Gets Better campaign but unfortunately his troubles proved too difficult. The 14-year-old from NY killed himself in mid-September after facing years of torment from classmates.
Rodemeyer received recognition from Lady Gaga, who is an advocate for the LGBT community.
After his death, the singer tweeted messages like, bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime, the past days I've spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone's life, and I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it.
Mowry's video has gone viral since being picked up and promoted by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
Hilton, who advocates on behalf of LGBT rights and anti-bullying campaigns, posted Mowry's video on Web site.
We were so deeply moved by the above video, of 14-year bullying victim Jonah Mowry bravely sharing his story with the world. Not just recounting how difficult it has been for him but also revealing how strong he is and how much he has to live for! That optimism in the face of adversity is so inspiring! wrote Hilton.
He posted the video on all of his social networking pages and tweeted it to just about every celeb [he] followed [on Twitter].
Many celebrities have reached out to Mowry. Lady Gaga tweeted: Thank you Jonah for being brave enough to share your story + showing us strength. You matter to millions. #TellYourStory #EndBullying. Paula Abdul posted: @JonahMowryReal i'm so #grateful for you-LOOK at the love you inspire! your precious life is SO important you beautiful soul! i love you xoP. Actress Amanda Bynes tweeted one of Mowry's quotes from the YouTube video in support of his inspirational message.
Hilton said that he has been speaking personally with Mowry, who is so happy and thankful for the love being sent his way. The pink-haired blogger even invited Mowry to his birthday party in March, which will feature a star-studded guest list and some big-name musical performances.
Mowry's video has since gotten over 500,000 hits on YouTube and he has received thousands of messages from viewers sending their well-wishes.
It looks like youve [sic] got quite a bit of comments. I know that doesnt [sic] make up for whats [sic] been done to you but it shows how many there are out there who see you in that video and try to feel your frustrations and want to? help in some way. Know, that You Are Strong. Sometimes you may feel as if the strength is diminished but it is then that it shall grow even greater, one person posted.
Some have even been so moved as to record response videos to Mowry, thanking him and commending his bravery.
Hilton made sure to write on his post that Mowry is doing very well and happy!
Life is not fun every single day. But it is a great gift and you are special! Know that! wrote Hilton.
Share Jonah's video with your friends! It gets better! It really does!