This Friday, October 8, a rally and candlelight vigil will be held to help bring awareness to the recent tragic wave of students who committed suicide because of anti-gay bullying. Members of the LGBT community, including speakers from The Trevor Project, Equality California, Affirmation, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Soulforce, the Human Rights Campaign, the Family Acceptance Project, and several of the people appearing in the recent documentary film “8: The Mormon Proposition” will be in attendance.
The event begins at 6:30 at SF’s Civic Center Plaza between Polk and McAllister St. The rally will be followed by a candlelight march to Harvey Milk Plaza. More details can be found on the event’s facebook page.
SFBG provides a helpful rundown of some of the speakers and groups that will be present tonight. Highlights include David Melson, Executive Director for Affirmation, a LGBT Mormon group. He, along with two other high-ranking Affirmation officers will spend twenty-four hours on the streets, essentially seeing what it’s like to be homeless in SF. He’ll be relating the experiences during the rally.
If you can’t make it to the event, there are still opportunities to help. The It Gets Better Project has been inundated with video responses, as the Chron reports. Although their youtube channel has reached its 650-video limit, youtube has been incredibly accommodating in allowing more posts, so there’s no excuse not to post your own video as well.