Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Homophobia Kills" Die-In & March: Boston


If you're in the Boston area (or have the means to be in the Boston area), a "Die-In" is taking place November 5th because, I'm sure you've figured out, too many of us are dying behind the words and actions of people who fear us and/or hate us. 

WHERE: South Station terminal (near commuter rail trains), Boston, Massachusetts

WHEN: Friday, November 5, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Participants should arrive no later than 5:20 p.m. for instruction

WHO: All of us, anyone who is a member or an ally of the LGBTQ community

The decided color to protest anti-gay bullying and homophobia is purple. So be sure to wear your purple t-shirt to this event! I will be there in spirit.

In the past few weeks, the media has shed light on the recent suicides of LGBT teens. THIS IS NOT A NEW STORY! Teenagers and young adults in the LGBT community are four times more likely to commit suicide. LGBT adults are twice as likely to have substance abuse problems, depression, low self-esteem,, and anxiety. We are also the most verbally abused minority. Not only does society accept it, but we do, too.

Why? Because homophobia and transphobia are LEGAL in the United States, including our home state, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Unless we do something to stop it, the death toll will continue to rise, either via bias-motivated violence or our own hands. We must stop this, and we must stop it NOW.

On Friday, November 5, exactly one month after more than 400 individuals met in the pouring rain outside the State House to remember those victims we have lost to the bullies and other criminals who target our community, we will meet again. At South Station, during the evening rush hour, we will remind those who support legalized homophobia that the blood is on their hands now. If they want to wash that blood away, once and for all, they will have to learn how.

We, the members and allies of the LGBT community, must be the ones to teach them.

The National Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Suicide Hotline:  

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