Above: Two of the several hundred participants in last Thursday's Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Anti-Gay Bullying – Loring Park, Minneapolis, October 14, 2010.
For TheColu.mn's report on this event, click here.
Also, as was noted in a previous Wild Reed post, a grassroots campaign is calling on people to wear purple tomorrow, October 20, in honor of those who have committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and/or at their schools.
Note the organizers of tomorrow's event:
Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you [young LGBTQ people] to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality.
Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.
Recommended Off-site Links:
October 20: Spirit Day to Remember Lost Teens – James Harrison (365Gay.com, October 19, 2010).
Youths, Adults Sign On to Wear Purple, Support Gay Teens – Marisol Bello (USA Today, October 19, 2010).
What is a Catholic Response to Gay Suicide? – James Martin, S.J. (America, October 4, 2010).
Faith, Hope and Love: Ending LGBT Teen Suicide – Rev. Patrick S. Cheng (The Huffington Post, October 6, 2010).
Why Anti-Gay Bullying is a Theological Issue – Cody J. Sanders (Religion Dispatches, October 2, 2010).
Preventing Tragedy in Our Schools – Al Franken and Joe Solmonese (The Huffingtn Post, October 5, 2010).
Homophobia Hurts Straight Men, Too – Jonathan Zimmerman (Christian Science Monitor, October 6, 2010).
Dan Savage Aims to Save LGBT Kids with “It Gets Better” Project – The Advocate (September 21, 2010).
Make It Better: Celebrities and Activists Rally Against Gay Bullying – Victoria Fine (The Huffington Post, October 4, 2010).
Bullying Victims Speak Out – CNN (October 6, 2010).
The Trevor Project
“It Gets Better” Project’s YouTube Channel
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Dave Navarro to LGBT Youth: “We Need Your Voices”
Quote of the Day – October 19, 2010
Confronting Classroom Homophobia
Catholic Church Can Overcome Fear of LGBT People
Prayer of the Week – October 11, 2010
A Girl Named Sara: A "Person of the Resurrection"
The Triumph of Love: An Easter Reflection
"A Valiant Effort"
No Matter What
Image: Michael J. Bayly.