Nate Berkus honors teen Seth Walsh’s life by designing room in honor of his life at LGBT Community Center in NYC
Today’s episode of The Nate Berkus Show will feature Wendy Walsh whose son, Seth, hung himself in his own backyard to get away from anti-gay bullying.
The show will honor her son Seth in a pretty powerful way. Nate teamed up with the New York City LGBT Community Center, and styled a room at the organization in honor of Seth’s life. He surprised Wendy Walsh and the rest of Seth’s family by unveiling the room on the show during a segment where Wendy speaks about “rebuilding a home after tragedy.”
Seth was just 13 when he killed himself earlier this year. From fifth grade on, he experienced taunts and violence from his classmates, all because he was gay. He was called “queer” and “faggot,” tripped, and pushed in the halls.
When Wendy went to school administrators to alert them they were not helpful. She released a video last week, in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), talking about her son’s death, and why his death (and the deaths of many other LGBT youth) should be a wake up call for all Americans.
“Seth’s school did not care. If they did care about Seth, they would have addressed the problem,” She says in the video. “Seth told me he was gay when he was in the sixth grade. He was a wonderful, loving child, and I loved him for who he was. I can’t bring my son back. But schools can make a difference today to keep this from happening to any more young people.”
Here is the video: