First off, I apologize for not updating recently, but hopefully they will be on their way shortly.

Even though this is a fashion blog, I just wanted to take a moment discuss something close to my heart. There have been a string of tragic deaths in Ottawa recently, including cyclist Danielle Nacu and elevator mechanic Ross Angus, and my condolences go out to their family and friends during this difficult period of time. However, today I read about a truly disturbing death, of grade 10 A.Y Jackson student Jamie Hubley.

According to reports, Hubley was struggling with being bullied for his sexuality. His death comes just days after the highly publicized death of American teen Jamey Rodemeyer, who committed suicide for the same reason. While Rodemeyer’s death was covered on many news outlets and media sites due to his connections with Lady Gaga, and Lady Gaga herself speaking out about the event, Hubley’s death will most likely not be as publicized, which is why I’m taking a moment to discuss it.

I am absolutely heart broken and disgusted that teen bullying over sexuality has repeatedly lead to suicides, not just in North America but globally. This is a large issue which MUST be addressed and discussed in high schools. So please, if you are reading this, take a moment on whatever media outlet you have, and follow the It Gets Better moment by saying just that. Bullies exist; unfortunately they always will. But life gets better, there are always people who will always love you for who you are and who will support you through troubled times.

My condolences go out to Hubley’s family, and I hope Jamie has found some form of peace.

-Fiona Mitchell

Update: Take a chance to check out David Robert’s (From Much Music’s 5 Gays 1 Girl) video for Jamie Hubley.

Also, media gossip Preze Hilton has written about Jamie’s death, read the article here.

Also there will be a bracelet campaign starting to raise awareness about Jamie Hubley. This Facebook group will have details as they emerge.