Like you, I have been deeply saddened by the recent tragedies that have taken place in our community. Within the past two weeks, six young men between the ages of 13 and 19 have died from suicide as a result of homophobic bullying:
Asher Brown (age 13)
Seth Walsh (age 13)
Justin Aaberg (age 15)
Billy Lucas (age 15)
Tyler Clementi (age 18)
Raymond Chase (age 19)
Students at NYU are asking that we all come together as a collective community to remember these young men as well as all of those we have lost due to hatred and bigotry. Please join CQA and the other campus LGBT groups on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 as we join our NYC community for the “You are Loved Vigil.” We’ll travel down to Washington Square Park together.
WHEN: Sunday, October 3 @ 8:00pm
WHERE: 116th Street and Broadway gates
I also think that it is important that we have a community discussion about LGBT bullying and harassment before we go to the vigil. For this reason, we will dedicate most of CQA’s weekly meeting on Sunday to this discussion.
CQA WEEKLY MEETING – DISCUSSION ON LGBT BULLYING AND HARASSMENT
WHERE: IRC Second Floor Conference Room, 552 W. 114th Street
WHEN: 2pm on Sunday, October 3, 2010
Join CQA and THOUSANDS of New Yorkers marching for marriage equality on Sunday, September 26th in Manhattan! (We’re a community partner!)
“The rally, march, and community festival is organized by Marriage Equality New York (MENY) to raise awareness about the 1,324 rights denied to same-sex couples and their families because of a lack of marriage equality – rights only bestowed by civil marriage … that cannot be replicated by civil unions or domestic partnerships.”
Follow this link to register: www.meny.us/march (and register with the Columbia Queer Alliance!)
*IMPORTANT* (How to register after the jump!)
As you have probably heard, yesterday a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled part of DOMA to be unconstitutional (the part defining marriage as between a man and a woman!). Because the federal government was the defendant in this case, President Obama can direct the Department of Justice to stand down and refuse to appeal this historic victory.
Please sign the petition (link below) started by the Courage Campaign this morning urging President Obama to let the ruling stand. Also, forward this link to your friends!
The march is Sunday, June 27, 11:30 a.m. Meet on 39th Street between
Madison Ave. and Park Ave. Please bring comfortable shoes, water or
other beverages, sunglasses and sunscreen, and a photo ID.
If you have any questions, please contact Erich Erving, Assistant
Director for Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or Columbia
Pride at email@example.com
Also, to kick off Pride Month, the POTUS had some nice things to say. Lip service? Perhaps. But fun to watch.