RALEIGH — “Shades of Gay” author Stephanie Silberstein has released a personal statement in the aftermath of the recent suicides of five boys.

She states:

“It’s easy to forget that words and statistics are not just words and statistics,” Silberstein wrote. “I personally believe that it’s possible for each of us to make things better…not necessarily for everyone, but at least for one person.”

She is encouraging her readers to create connections with someone in order to spread the word about available suicide prevention organizations. She suggests this can be done through a variety of ways, including writing, social action initiatives or providing entertainment.

Silberstein’s book was written as a response to D Gavi Chayim’s, her best friend, struggle with suicide in 2008. Chayim survived this period and is now living as a transgender woman.

To read the entire statement, visit meowingatthemoon.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/about-the-recent-suicides.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.