Eric James Borges, 19, of Visalia, California, committed suicide a month after producing a video in support of troubled LGBT youth,'s Jim Reeves reported.

According to the report, Borges, known as EricJames to his friends, took his own life on Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

In his nearly 5 minute It Gets Better video, Borges talked about the torment he faced at the hands of bullies.

“I was physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally assaulted on a day-to-day basis for my perceived sexual orientation. My name was not Eric, but 'Faggot.'”

Borges claims in the video that his mother attempted an exorcism to cure him of his sexuality and eventually kicked him out of her home.

“My mother knew I was gay and performed an exorcism on me in an attempt to cure me,” he said. “My anxiety, depression, self-loathing and suicidal thoughts spiked. … My parents told me that, among other things, I was disgusting, perverted, unnatural and damned to Hell.”

“I know it is hard, and I know what it feels like to be rejected and abused for your biological sexual orientation. And I know what it feels like to live in a world of government-sanctioned homophobia. But I refuse to be treated as a second-class citizen.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Borges worked as an intern at The Trevor Project, a group devoted to reaching out to troubled gay teens considering suicide.

“We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic death of EricJames Borges, and our hearts go out to his family and friends and his community,” Laura McGinnis, communications director for The Trevor Project, said in a statement. “EricJames was a dedicated, trained volunteer. Our main concern right now is that those affected by his death feel supported and can get the care they need.”

Borges, an aspiring filmmaker, produced the short Invisible Creatures last fall. Watch it here.