Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017
 

Union Square die-in planned to address bullying

A die-in is planned for tonight (Friday, November 12) “to show that homophobia, whether it’s expressed by bullying, legislation, preaching or the media, does kill,” according to organizer Kelly Rivera Hart.

The action, which begins at 6, will be the first in a string of die-ins meant to promote Safe Schools legislation that’s currently stalled in Congress.

Participants will meet at the center of Union Square and are asked to bring signs with the names of youth that have committed suicide after bullying.

Earlier this month, Pennsylvania high school student Brandon Bitner, 14, reportedly walked in front of a tractor trailer after years of being called “faggot” and other names. Several other teens across the country have also committed suicide recently, apparently as a result of anti-gay bullying.

At the sound of a whistle tonight, everyone will lay down, the names of queer youth who have killed themselves will be read, and the those who have “died” will shout the names back. Everyone will get up the next time the whistle’s blown.

Hart asked in a Facebook post that people comply with any police requests to disperse.

“This is not an action to get us arrested, this is an action to get the crowd educated,” he wrote.

Visit this Facebook page for more information.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 12, 2010 @ 11:11 am PST
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