Group commemorates those who commit suicide because of discrimination
Thursday, October 16, 2008 | 10:13 p.m. CDT;
updated 11:12 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 20, 2008
The MU organization Allies in Action places 1,752 flags on Carnahan Quadrangle on Thursday to represent the number of suicides that occur each year among members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
Lance Pierce writes a message on the back of the flag during a flag removal ceremony on Thursday. According to Pierce, every five hours a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer person will commit suicide, and 20 more will attempt suicide due to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
Adam Roark pulls a flag out of the ground during a flag removal ceremony on Thursday. The event was held to memorialize the number of suicides that occur each year among members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. The event was sponsored by Allies in Action.
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