Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Candlelight Vigil for Teen Suicide Victims Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Since the current school year began, 12 young people across the country — some college-aged, some in high school — have committed suicide in response to bullying and discrimination. Tonight, Southwest Pride will hold a vigil in their honor at First Congregational Church (1000 S. Cooper) at 7 p.m.

According to the group's Facebook event page, "Even one suicide is too many. It is time we took a collective stand against bullying and discrimination [to] say enough is enough. We are no longer requesting change, we are DEMANDING it."

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The suicide victims include:
•Tyler Clementi - 18
•Seth Walsh - 13
•Justin Aaberg - 15
•Raymond Chase - 19
•Asher Brown - 13
•Billy Lucas - 15
•Jeanine Blanchette - 21
•Chantal Dube - 17
•Harrison Chase Brown - 15
•Zach Harrington - 19
•Caleb Nolt - 14 (straight, but stereotyped as being gay)
•Felix Sacco - 17 (straight, but still bullied)

Though Southwest Pride will have some candles available, they're asking attendees to bring their own to ensure there are enough to go around. Also, there's a nationwide call for people to wear purple today in remembrance of the LGBT teen suicide victims.

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