Gay Disabled Teen on Fire

(Photo: Left: Steven Simpson (Dead) Right: Jordan Sheard (Jailed for 3.5 years)

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An 18 year old boy who was gay, and had Asperger’s syndrome, a speech impairment and epilepsy recently died to do significant burns. How did he get these burns? A 20-year-old man set him on fire at a birthday party. This article, “Steven Simpson, Gay British Teen, Dies After Being Set On Fire At Birthday Party”, from the Huffington Post both saddened and angered me.

As a dare at the party last June, the boy stripped down to his underwear and was covered in tanning lotion that the older boy then set on fire. Obviously the teenager has significant burns and was emotionally damaged by what he thought would be a fun activity with “friends”. The disable teenager recently passed away due to the horrendous injuries.

Hate crimes have been going on for years as members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community are targeted. Whether or not…

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One thought on “Gay Disabled Teen on Fire

  1. I try not to comment on the news, but…. Set on fire, hate messages found written on his body – This is homophobia possibly at it’s worst, you’re fed up with reading about it and I’m fed up with writing about it. Too many have lost their lives due to homophobic bullying, either by their own hand or another’s. An environment where casual homophobia & gay bullying is accepted as the norm can soon become fertile ground for hate crime.
    This horrendous hate crime makes me feel angry and sad, right now its mainly sadness


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