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Candlelight Vigil Will Raise Awareness of Anti-Gay Bullying

Posted 10/20/2010
Posted by Meagan Fazio

Spectrum, a University of Hartford organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students and their allies, and the Student Government Association (SGA) at the University invite the Greater Hartford community to take part in a candlelight vigil in memory of six gay teens from around the country who have committed suicide after being bullied. During the vigil on Wednesday, Oct. 20, several speakers will talk about intolerance and bullying and how these actions affect people.

“We are looking to make this a moving ceremony to remember the lives that have been taken,” says Alison Ciulla, special events coordinator for Spectrum. “We would also like students to leave with the understanding that bullying and intolerance can have a direct effect on someone's life.”

The vigil will be held on the lawn outside the Village Apartments from 10 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Ciulla and other vigil organizers are also urging students, faculty and staff to wear purple on Oct. 20. This is part of a national movement to remember the bullied teens and to promote awareness of the dangers of bullying.