.L’il Dude, Big Heart

Artwork © 2010 by estate of Aiden Rivera Schaeff

L’il Dude Big Heart

Aiden Rivera Schaeff was a Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School student who entered ninth grade as a girl and after identifying that he felt more at peace as a boy, transitioned to his new identity without hiding who he was.

The school authorities were extremely supportive of his determination to live his life as who he was.

Some of his fellow-students were not as kind.

He committed suicide on April 22, 2010, one month shy of his 18th birthday.

Aiden not only had tremendous personal courage, he was also charming and fun-loving. At his memorial service, many of his friends noted that he had the singular ability to connect with others. His loss was devastating not only to his family but to the wide circle of people who had stood by his side as he made his remarkable journey.

His moms urge you to think about this: How you speak to others matters. Thoughtless, off-hand comments can literally kill people. Each of us helps to create the world. Be kind in it. If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all.

In honor of Aiden’s life, and in an effort to help other youths at risk to survive, we are establishing an endowment fund at the American University in Washington, D.C., to fund student-run initiatives aimed at: 1) Reducing bullying against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) high-school-aged youth, and 2) Helping at-risk youth to survive bullying when it does occur.

Medallion sales are presently suspended. Please donate to the endowment fund at American University Directly.

Adults are encouraged to support the endowment with a check in a larger amount, made payable to American University (with the memo line: ‘Aiden Rivera Schaeff fund’). Send the check to: Office of Development, College of Arts and Sciences, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016-8143 or to visit the Univeristy’s donation website by clicking HERE (please note*** you need to select “Campus Life” from the dropdown menu for “select a division” and “Aiden Rivera Schaeff Fund” under “Select a fund” *** – for further instructions please click here)

7 Responses to .L’il Dude, Big Heart

  1. Drew says:

    I’m so touched by Aiden’s story. He seemed like a wonderful person to be around. I’m also in 9th grade and slowly starting to transition to male. I’m glad to know people are at least trying to make a difference in this world to stop teh bullying and teasing. I know what it’s like to get teased on a daily basis, but sometimes we just have to push through. Even though i never knew him, Aiden will have a place in my heart. 🙂

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  4. Bailey says:

    As a fellow transgendered person, I know what it’s like to be alienated, and picked on just for expressing myself. The problems and hardships people like us have to face are difficult enough without the people around us slowly destroying us through verbal and physical abuse.

    Through efforts like this endowment fund, we can help stop the fighting and ridicule we have to face on a daily basis.

    I am honored, and humbled to be able to donate to this endowment fund. I’ll be purchasing a medallion as soon as I can afford one.

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