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Gay teenage mountain climber to meet LGBT youth in Singapore

LGBT youth in Singapore meet Cason Crane before he heads to Everest, his sixth mountian
Cason Crane, who is about to climb his sixth mountain, Everest, to raise money and awareness for LGBTQ youth suicide prevention organization The Trevor Project

Twenty-year-old American Cason Crane, who has climbed five of the world's highs mountains to raise money for LGBT youth suicide prevention, is in Singapore tomorrow.

Crane will meet with young LGBT people under 25 at an event organized by Young Out Here.

The young adventurer said in an interview with Young Out Here that he decided to start the project after the death of a close friend, and of Tyler Clementi, a young university student who killed himself after being filmed having sex with a man by his roommate.

'Confronted by the tragic deaths of my friend and Tyler and witnessing daily the trials and tribulations facing LGBTQ youth, I felt compelled to work to make things better for these youth,' Crane wrote in a column for Huffington Post.

Crane first climbed a mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, when he was 15. 'Honestly, the moment I reached the summit of Kili, I was hooked,' he said to Young Out Here.

'Something about the combination of an individual challenge, the beauty of the outdoors, and the internal reflection you get from being off the grid make mountain climbing a personal passion for me.'

The mountaineer is in Singapore on the way to Nepal where he will climb his sixth mountain and the world's highest, Everest.

Crane is raising money for The Trevor Project which works to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth in America.

To attend the event in Singapore tomorrow (at 3pm) sign-up here

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