Jun 27 2012
Posted by CHLY News as _Archive |
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Last Friday, while GLBT folks around the world celebrated Pride two young lesbian teens were shot in Portland, Texas.
Like Nanaimo, Portland is a small industrial town, rooted in the old ways and slow to change. While many GLBT people today are seemingly reluctant to make public displays in rural towns, simply because it raises visibility to a point where day to day anonymity is threatened, at some point a line must be drawn in the proverbial sand.
Our children, GLBT youth, are being shot in the streets and bullied to the point of taking their own lives. The loss of young queer lives has reached epidemic proportions. It’s time to draw that line, it’s time to stand up for all those youth who need our help.
It’s time to stand in remembrance of Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, who died last Friday in a small park in Portland, Texas.
It’s time to stand in solidarity with Mary Christine Chapa, 18 who is fighting for her life just for being who she was.
IT’S TIME TO SAY “ENOUGH”
All community members and allies in Nanaimo are asked to join together in solidarity with the queer youth of the world in Diana Krall Plaza at 6pm Saturday June 30th 2012 for a candlelight vigil in honour of all those teens who lost their lives to homophobic violence.
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