Equality

“You-Are-Loved” Glowlight Vigil Tonight in Washington Square Park

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This Sunday, October 3rd, NYU LGBTQA student leaders and Delta Lambda Phi are hosting a glowstick vigil (no candles allowed!) beginning at 9:00 p.m. in lower Manhattan’s Washington Square Park. The event is scheduled as a reaction to six recent suicides related to homophobic bullying, including Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi.

From the event announcement:

It’s time to mobilize. The vigil will start promptly at 9:00pm in Washington Square Park underneath the arch. Please bring your own glowstick if you have one as there will be a limited amount available. We will have at least 2,000 glowsticks to provide. The event will culminate in a chalking session in honor of the 2nd annual “You-Are-Loved Chalk Messaging Project.” This project is meant to provide uplifting messages as well as shed light on the amount of bullying, harassment, self-injury, and suicidal thoughts that disproportionately affect queer youth.

For more on the Chalk project, check here. And for more on the Dan Savage YouTube initiative, It Gets Better, here.