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LGBT Spirit Day is Wednesday

Memorial, candlelight vigil, rally scheduled


In honor of LGBT people who have died due to homophobic abuse and torment, Wednesday, Oct. 20, has been nationally designated as Spirit Day.

The Ohio University Spirit Day event will include a memorial display
from 7 to 9:30 p.m. immediately followed by a "Flames of Love" candlelight vigil held on the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial
Auditorium West Portico.

The public vigil will feature the OU Little Monsters, Student Senate
and Grad Student Senates' LGBT Affairs Commissions, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center, United Campus Ministry, ALLY, Open Doors, and SHADES.

The event is being held to honor the lives lost as a result of bullying and celebrate the spirit of the LGBTA community. LGBT supporters are asked to wear purple to represent "spirit" on the multicolored Rainbow Flag.

After the vigil at approximately 9:45 p.m., a silent procession will lead to the amphitheater at E.W. Scripps Hall, where guests are
scheduled to speak. Speakers will include LGBT Center director Mickey Hart, campus minister Evan Young, representatives from residential life, and selected students. 

"It is important to pause and reflect at such a time of tragedy," Hart said. "I am so pleased that Ohio University students were eager to make this memorial and vigil happen. My hope is that the vigil will help heal emotional wounds, give people hope, and educate about the need to be supportive of the LGBT and questioning people in our lives."
 
For more information, contact Molly Yanity, Graduate Student Senate vice president for communications, at 206-851-8014.