Rally and march to bring awareness to LGBT youth suicide.
David Melson, Executive Director, Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons
Bonnie Graves, Board Member, The Trevor Project
Dr. Cindi Love, Executive Director, Soulforce
Rev. Mike Daggett, Human Rights Campaign
Andrea Shorter, Deputy Marriage and Coalitions Director, Equality California
Caitlin Ryan, Director, Family Acceptance Project
Danielle Askini Jansson, National Program Manager, Gay-Straight Alliance Network
What: A rally and candlelight march in San Francisco is planned to bring awareness to what some have called a suicide epidemic.
When : Friday, October 8, 2010
6:00 p.m. Media question and answer with speakers
6:30 p.m. Rally with speakers from several national and local organizations leading the fight to end youth suicide.
7:45 p.m. Candlelight march from Civic Center up Market St to Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro & Market)
Where: Civic Center Plaza (between Mcallister and Grove St. on Polk St), San Francisco, California
Why: While acceptance of LGBT people continues to grow in the larger population, suicide amongst LGBT youth continues to be high and is even rising in some areas. Just last month (September) it was reported that nine teen aged boys committed suicide. Most of the nine boys committed suicide after being bullied at school because they were or were perceived to be gay.
“We want to stand up and say ‘NO’ to the idea of one more life being cut short,” explained Robert Moore, Director of Advocacy and Outreach for Affirmation. “Our youth need us to stand up and hold our schools, teachers, administrators and the bullies accountable when it is reported that a youth is being bullied at school. We must also let our youth know we are here for them, we must say come to me when you need help, talk to me when you need an open ear and cry on my shoulder when you need to cry,” said Moore.
Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons was founded in 1977 and is the leading organization providing support and advocacy for LGBT Mormons throughout the world. The group will be holding their 33rd Annual Conference in San Francisco October 8-10. More information is available at www.Affirmation.org.