“You Are Loved” Glowlight Vigil: Please Join Us

30 Sep

NYU LGBT clubs and organizations, as well as Delta Lambda Phi, are hosting the “You-Are-Loved” Glowlight Vigil this Sunday, October 3 at 9:00 in Washington Square Park.

Within the past two weeks, six young men between the ages of 13 and 19 have committed suicide as a result of homophobic bullying:

Asher Brown, age 13
Seth Walsh, age 13
Justin Aaberg, age 15
Billy Lucas , age 15
Tyler Clementi, age 18
Raymond Chase, age 19

Students at NYU are asking that we all come together as a community to remember these young men as well as all of those we have lost due to hatred and bigotry.

It’s time to mobilize. The vigil will start at 9:00pm in Washington Square Park underneath the arch. (No flames due to WSP regulations- bring something that glows!) The event will culminate in a chalking session in honor of the 2nd annual “You-Are-Loved Chalk Messaging Project.”  This project is meant to provide uplifting messages as well as shed light on the amount of bullying, harassment, self-injury, and suicidal thoughts that disproportionately affect queer youth.

We need your help to get the word out! Tell your friends about this, and let’s show silenced queer youth that there are people out there who will accept them for who they are. No one should ever be made to feel alone in this world. We realize this is short notice, but we must act before one more precious life is lost.

“You Gotta Give Them Hope”- Harvey Milk.

A message from Ellen DeGeneres:

“Things will get easier. People’s minds will change. And you should be alive to see it.

Resources

http://chalkmessages.org/

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

http://www.theawl.com/2010/09/a-summary-of-our-gay-teen-bodycount

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IcVyvg2Qlo

http://nyaf.blogspot.com/2010/09/why-you-are-loved-chalk-message-project.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1316319/NY-student-Tyler-Clementi-commits-suicide-gay-sex-encounter-online.html

http://www.queerty.com/billy-lucas-15-hangs-himself-after-classmates-called-him-a-fag-one-too-many-times-20100914/

http://www.queerty.com/teenager-justin-aaberg-killed-himself-over-gay-bullying-his-mom-wont-let-anyone-forget-20100914/

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/ybenjamin/detail?entry_id=73326

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7220896.html

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