Brandon Elizares knew what he wanted to do with his life. And since the age of 14 he was open about being gay. “When he first came out, he told me that he had lost a lot of his friends because he wanted to live openly as a gay person and he did not understand. He’d be like ‘I’m still me. I’m still Brandon, nothing’s changed other than the fact that I like boys,’” his mother, Zachalyn Elizares said. Earlier this month the 16-year-old bright-eyed boy with the big smile took his own life because he was teased and threatened for being gay.