It’s been years and years since I came out to my mom, but she still has fears of what will happen to me when I tell her we’re going out to a bar or participating in a gay pride parade. It’s stories like Sean Kennedy’s that legitimize these fears. Kennedy’s mom said earlier this week that she’ll lobby for a hate crimes law in South Carolina.

Parker and her family are starting a nonprofit called “Sean’s Last Wish,” selling bracelets and passing out petitions to support the bill.

“It may not help Sean today, but I want it to help future victims that they can be assured that there is justice,” Parker told WSPA.