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Forum Name: Inspired by Larry
Forum Discription: A place to post articles, stories and poems inspired by Larry.
Printed Date: Aug 16 2022 at 9:10am

Topic: Message to Larry
Posted By: shai
Subject: Message to Larry
Date Posted: Feb 25 2008 at 6:38pm
You had the strength to wear lipstick, mascara and jewelry to school, despite being assigned to the boy's locker room. That cliche - the world wasn't ready for you - unforgivably, true.

The reverend called you a complex masterpiece, and he was correct. Your pictures tell a story as eloquently as Miles Davis's trumpet. You skate like a princess in the rink's frozen waters; your cool shades have you looking extra hard south of the border. Whose idea was it to cut your long wavy tresses? Did you pick out those 1st-day-of-school hott purple suspenders? I wonder whether you got in fights with your mama over the pink gloves you wore on your trip to DC. You were both handsome and beautiful in your camo shirt (sans your two front teeth!).

I wish there were better words to for me to use, so I didn't have to pick a gender to describe you. Because I  would have been happy to know you regardless of your pronoun preference. Boy, girl, both or neither, you deserve to be here right now, sharing your voice's cadence; to realize all your dreams and dazzle us with your brilliance; then to grow old, sit in your rocking chair and tell people what it was like when you danced in your high-heeled boots at EO Green Junior High. We should all have gotten the chance to know you better. We could have learned something.

I hope the child who killed you comes to understand how special you are. I hope he realizes how scared he was of your sacred elegance, and he falls to his knees each night for forgiveness.

there's a war
if the guns are just too tall for you
we'll find you're something small to use

- Lupe Fiasco, Little Weapon

Posted By: alexxisbiifuplease
Date Posted: Mar 01 2008 at 12:16pm
if you hate anybody
you are simply afraid
its not tough or brave to fight
this is the kind of thing that shouldnt ever happen ITS THE CUASE OF GENOCIDE


Posted By: HallwayHeroes
Date Posted: Mar 13 2008 at 2:11pm
Astoundingly beautiful...

Thank you.

Jenn Burleton
Portland, OR

Lawrence's courage to express himself should guide and inspire all of us to work hard everyday to provide a safer world for children like Lawrence to grow up in. This is what I am committed to. Peace.

Posted By: AWatchfulMoon
Date Posted: Mar 29 2008 at 1:10am
Beautifully written. 

Posted By: joose6
Date Posted: Mar 31 2008 at 7:35pm
Shut up, morons.  His "courage" got him murdered.

Posted By: belovedreborn
Date Posted: Apr 01 2008 at 9:44pm


Dude, I can only begin to wonder what demons and fears are driving you.  But I know you!  You live in fear every moment of everyday that you will be found out.  You are terrified that if you are found out someone will do to you what that terrified young man did to Larry.  Take heart, you do not need to be afraid.  Come on out of whatever closet you've got yourself stashed in and know that you can live without fear and without hate.


A'A I ka Hula, Waiho Ka Hilahila, I Ka Hale
("Live with passion, EMBRACE CHANGE, Do not fear it" )

Posted By: FightHate
Date Posted: Apr 13 2008 at 6:53pm
What your saying is ridicules.
Would you say the same thing if a friend was standing up for you if you were getting teased and your friend got killed.
Would you still say that in such a derogatory tone.

Because of this boy's courage he went to school every day knowing what would await him.

So before you start any other problems I suggest you put yourself in his shoes.
Imagine what it must be like to have people hate you because of the clothes you wear, the way you talk or the gender you like. It would be a living nightmare. So yes, Lawrence had a lot of courage... to be himself. And if you can't accept that there is something wrong with you.

Prejudice Bites.
Bite Back.

Posted By: Woodstock
Date Posted: Apr 16 2008 at 6:37am
A beautiful thoughtful message, Shai.
 I am reading this today on the anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings. Another case where hate and violence brought suffering and sorrow.
 "Joose" I don't see why you feel it is necessary to come on this board where people are grieving and say such mean-spirited things.
 Recently the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. passed. Could  say that he  got killed because of his courage. Would you call his admirers morons too?

Posted By: River_56
Date Posted: Apr 19 2008 at 6:09am
Very touching! So sad, this violence against this boy (and all others).

Posted By: averi
Date Posted: May 06 2008 at 4:09pm
how could you say that joose
i was best friends with larry and we were like brother and sister
i cried for weeks because of what happened
yes he got killed
and yes you may say he had no courage
but he came everyday to our school with love in his heart
and he knew that people hated him but he refused to let that bother him
he would have never said something like that to you
so think about it and think about what we all went through

Posted By: HallwayHeroes
Date Posted: May 06 2008 at 7:43pm

I would very much like to speak to you about your friendship with Larry. I work with many kids like Larry, who express their gender in a different way than others do. I also work with their families. It's so important to me that we try to make a positive difference and make our schools a safer place for other kids like your friend, Larry.

Please let your Mom know that I'd love to speak to you and your Mom if possible...I'm in Oxnard now and will be here through Tuesday, May 13th.

If you would be willing to talk to me, I promise to help you tell the world about your friend...


Jenn Burleton
Project Butterfly

Lawrence's courage to express himself should guide and inspire all of us to work hard everyday to provide a safer world for children like Lawrence to grow up in. This is what I am committed to. Peace.

Posted By: loverswings23
Date Posted: May 10 2008 at 3:46pm
ClapClapClap i want to say that this is beautiful!! Joosie how can you say that why are you here to remember this precious life lost if you say he was killed for his courage. i may not have known Lawrence King but on April 25, 2008 i took a full day of silence and abuse for him because i stand for the right to be who you are and be loved for it i want peace no murder no fighting no guns i want peace. my friend was attacked out side of his school by his english teachers TA becuase he's bi i don't thinks that right. CryCryCry i sob when i think about what happened to Larry. it was a tragity that we did not need

god will love both you and me no matter if we are gay lesbian bisexual or an alein he created us he loves us look to your neighbor and hug them walk up to a person whom is crying and confort them

Posted By: ♥Baby-B♥
Date Posted: Aug 15 2008 at 10:04pm
you know what for saying what you said i hate you just because you said that you need to shut up i bet if you knew larry you would not be writing things like that bcuz i know i would never write something like that about larry he was my very good frieng and i miss him so much he made me relize it does not matter if your bisexual,gay,strait,or lesbian i am bisexual and proud of it if it gets me killed then somethings wrong with the world. larry would never hurt anyone or anything and reading what you wrote made me cry but i'm just wondering how you could write something so hurtful to him or any or the people that knew him like me if you want me to explain to you what happend to him and why then e-mail me at my personal

Beth Thomas AKA ♥Baby-B♥

Posted By: ♥Baby-B♥
Date Posted: Aug 15 2008 at 10:07pm

that was to joose6

Beth Thomas AKA ♥Baby-B♥

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