News of the death came as a shock to many, as just a few weeks ago Borges, who went by Eric James among friends, recorded the "It Gets Better" video above. He had also been serving as an intern for suicide prevention group The Trevor Project.
Borges' suicide was first reported by Queer Landia blogger Jim Reeves.
Not accepted by his birth family, EricJames was striking out on his own, trying to deal with his personal situation, but also wanting to help others. Sadly, even involvement with the Trevor Project was not enough to help him navigate the turbulent waters of young adulthood.
May he rest in peace.