Around 700 people attended the funeral of gay teenager Jamie Hubley in Ottawa yesterday.
The 15-year-old killed himself a week ago after suffering homophobic bullying and depression.
Jamie, who loved figure skating and theatre, was remembered as a “natural-born” performer who had tried to help other gay teenagers.
The service at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church was held by Rev Pierre Champoux, who spoke about the devastation depression can cause.
The teenager’s family arrived clutching tulips, while other attendees included his school friends, city councillors and Mayor Jim Watson.
Jamie’s friend, Luke Spiro, spoke in a eulogy about the teenager’s plans to create a Rainbow Club, while other friends said he had helped others and would continue to do so after his death.
The Hubley family did not comment after the funeral but have asked for donations to be made to the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa in honour of Jamie.