Tuesday, October 19, 2010

UC Students Respond to Recent Surge of Gay-Related Suicides

Press Release from the UC Alliance:


Cincinnati, Ohio --  As part of a national movement, on Wednesday October 20th UC students will be wearing purple to commemorate the youth who committed suicide this past month due to homophobic /transphobic abuse they faced in their schools.  Purple represents “spirit” on the Rainbow Flag, which is a symbol of LGBT pride.  In collaboration with this national event, students will be hosting three events throughout the day at UC to bring awareness to the harmful effects of anti lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender bullying & harassment.

Book bags with names on them representing those who have committed suicide in the past month will be placed on McMicken Commons.  During the day students will write their thoughts and prayers on white flags that will be stuck next to them.  Starting promptly at 11:50AM and ending at 11:59AM there will be an “It Gets Better” flashmob that will convene outside between Tangeman University Center and Steger Student Life Center.  During this time a message will be released to the student population.  Finally, a candlelight vigil will be held at 9:00PM on McMicken Commons to honor the lives of each student.

Within just a few days, over 100 people have already confirmed to come so far on the “Purple Day of Remembrance” Facebook event page. I now would like to extend the same invitation to you to attend what will be undoubtedly a very powerful and moving response to bullying.

UC Alliance:
UC Alliance aims to develop interpersonal relationships in an educational atmosphere through social activities and advocacy for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and its allies at the University of Cincinnati.


Erin Kelly
President - UC Alliance

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