Members of the Denver community hosted a fashion show to honor the life of 9-year-old Jamel Myles, a local fourth grader who died by suicide after he came out as gay.
People gathered at The Goods restaurant in City Park last Saturday for the event. Organizers made a makeshift runway, sold out tables, and held raffles to raise money for Myles’ family, reports FOX31 Denver.James Long)
The fourth grader loved to express himself through his clothing and had begun to explore gender fluidity before his passing.
“He loved to dress himself. Like, he didn’t care if he was [mismatched],” Myles’ mother, Leia Pierce, told the news network. “He didn’t care. He felt comfortable in it. He was himself, so I was proud of him.”
Myles died in August, and Pierce says the pain of losing her son still keeps her awake at night. She’s considering starting a charity in his memory to spread awareness of anti-LGBTQ bullying, which reportedly played a major role in Myles’ death.
“It’s going to be used for what my son wanted to do, and that is to help people, to touch hearts, to spread love and kindness,” she added.