Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Vigil for Recent LGBT-related Suicides This Friday 10/8

Vigil for the recent LGBT related suicides
Friday Oct. 8, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

DePaul University

Lincoln Park Quad

At the corner of Fullerton and Seminary,
just west of the Fullerton Brown/Red line stop

Please come to both honor the memory of this gay student whose life was ended because of hate, discrimination, and ignorance, and the others who have died for the same reasons. In September we lost two 13-year-old boys, Asher Brown of Harris County, Texas, and Seth Walsh of Tehachapi, California; 15-year-old Billy Lucas of Greensburg, Indiana; 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman, 14-year-old Caleb Nolt of Fort Wayne, Indiana; 15-year-old Harrison Chase Brown of Rand, Colorado; 17-year-old Cody J. Barker of Shiocton, Wisconsin; and 19-year-old Raymond Chase, a student at Johnson & Wales College in Providence, Rhode Island to suicide caused by homophobia. Fifteen year old Justin Aaberg died by suicide earlier this year, along with two other student in his school who were also struggling with being, or being perceived as, LGBTQ, while their school remains "neutral" so as not to offend anti-gay families. And there are probably many more who never made national news. Homophobia and transphobia kill. For more on the epidemic of youth suicide:

Please bring a candle so that we can light up the DePaul Quad with solidarity. You can also bring a pride flag if you have one.

These deaths must not be in vain.

Endorsed by the following organizations:
LGBT Change, Join The Impact Chicago, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Gay Liberation Network, All Saints' Episcopal Church,50 Faggots, Affinity Community Services, Adler Pride, The Civil Rights Agenda, Genderqueer Chicago, Chicago Bi

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