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McDonough police: Missing lesbian died of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Lisa Lawson

Lisa Lawson, a 40-year old lesbian who was reporting missing in mid-November and was found deceased Dec. 4, died of an apparent suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a McDonough police report obtained by GA Voice.

Lawson was first reported missing Nov. 19. Her disappearance prompted her girlfriend, Michelle Alexander, to create a media campaign to help find her. The website, www.findlisalawson.com, and an accompanying video on YouTube helped spread the story of Lawson's disappearance.

An expanded search of Lawson's last known whereabouts was conducted on Dec. 4 and her vehicle, a green Chevrolet Suburban, was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot in McDonough, Ga., after investigators determined her last known location using cell tower records.

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By the numbers: Tyler Clementi

18

Age of Tyler Clementi when he committed suicide last fall by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after learning that fellow Rutgers University students filmed him having sex with a man and webcast it.

3

Years of a pre-trial intervention program that Molly Wei, 19, accepted when she pleaded not guilty May 6 for her role in the webcast. If she completes the program, charges against her will be dropped.

300

Hours of community service Molly Wei must also complete, in a deal accepted by Clementi’s parents. She must also testify against Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, who faces 15 counts of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation.

10

The length of the hearing, in minutes.

5

Maximum years in prison under New Jersey law for a count of secretly collecting images of nudity or sexual contact, then distributing them.

 

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Federal agencies work to address LGBT suicides

A national task force dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBT youth will be part of the new National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The Alliance, launched by Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in September, is a public-private partnership supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.

Pamela S. Hyde, administrator of SAMHSA, revealed the plan for an LGBT youth task force in a five-page letter sent last month in response to an inquiry from leaders of the U.S. House’s LGBT Equality Caucus.

The task force will be led by Charles Robbins, head of The Trevor Project, which operates an LGBT youth suicide prevention program nationwide, and Kevin Jennings, the Department of Education’s Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Jennings, an openly gay appointee, founded the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network.