Garcia, Community Leaders to Hold Vigil in Memory of LGBT Teen Suicides Today

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Garcia, Community Leaders to Hold Vigil in Memory of LGBT Teen Suicides Participants Wearing Purple to Meet at Ocean and Granada, today, Wednesday, at 5:30 pm.

In remembrance of the teenagers who recently took their own lives after being bullied, harassed or humiliated about their sexual orientation, Councilmember Robert Garcia and other community leaders will hold a vigil this evening, Wednesday, October 20, 2010 in Belmont Shore.

Participants will meet at 5:30 at Granada and Ocean. Members of the public are encouraged to attend wearing purple and to bring a white flower.

“We have to ensure that all people, and especially all children, are treated with respect, dignity, and support,” said Garcia. “Our kids deserve to learn in an environment that is safe for everyone.”

In the last few weeks, teens Tyler Clementi, Billy Lucas, and Ashler Brown took their own lives due to bullying or harassment over their sexual orientation. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, youth who identify as gay or lesbian are more likely to commit suicide than those that identify as straight – perhaps as much as seven times more likely.

Youth contemplating suicide can call the Trevor Project, a national hotline for LGBT teens at (866) 488-7386.

“My heart goes out to these kids and to their families,” Garcia said. “I just want to see our community do whatever we can to make the world a safer place for everyone.”

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