According to a handout that I recieved today from an Allies in Action advocate, every 5 hours a LGBTQ person will commit suicide and 20 more will attempt suicide due to homophobia.
In february this year a 15 year old boy, Lawrence ‘Larry’ King was shot dead at school by a fellow class mate. It is alleged that King was shot because he was openly gay and sometimes wore ‘feminine’ clothing to school.
Thousands of people accross the U.S. came together to honor and remember King. A number of vigils and marches were held accross the nation in his honor. MU held its own vigil for King and MU sorority Gamma Rho Lamba and the Triangle Coalition held an open forum discussion focusing on hate crimes.
Allies in Action is another group in Columbia that is working towards bringing students and faculty together to develop allies of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community.
Allies in Action meet every Tuesday at 6 pm in room 308 A&S – Everyone is invited to join.