Raymond Chase, a student at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., committed suicide by hanging himself in a residence hall Sept. 29, according to a press release from Campus Pride.
According to the Huffington Post, Johnson & Wales Vice President Ronald Martel e-mailed students, "Today I contact you with the deeply sad news of the passing of Raymond Chase, sophomore, 19, culinary arts major. The campus community is mourning the loss of this vibrant young man who leaves many JWU friends and teachers, and a loving family of Monticello, New York.
Shane Windmeyer, executive director and founder of Campus Pride, said, "The loss of Raymond this week is the second college LGBT-related suicide in a week and the fifth teenage LGBT suicide in three weeks. The suicide of this openly gay young man is for reasons currently unknown; however, the recent pattern of LGBT youth suicides is cause for grave concern.
"Campus Pride demands national action be taken to address youth bullying, harassment and the need for safety and inclusion for LGBT youth at colleges and universities across the country. We must not let these tragic deaths go unnoticed. Together we must act decisively to curb anti-LGBT bias incidents, harassment and acts of violence."
Johnson & Wales, founded in 1914, has four campuses in Providence; Denver, Colo.; North Miami, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C. The university is known for "combining academics and practical skills with relevant work experiences and community service," according to its website.