There are two candlelight vigils being held in Orlando next week for Gay Teen Suicide Awareness.
Wednesday, October 20th, Lake Eola @ 7pm
Thursday, October 21st, UCF Reflection Pond @ 8:00pm
The events have been created to remember the youth we have lost, raise awareness, and provide hope and support to our local LGBT youth.
The Lake Eola vigil will have an open forum for individuals and organizations to share and learn about programs and assistance available to LGBT youth in our community.
The UCF vigil is focused on supporting the UCF student body, youth, and community partners that can directly affect anti-harassment and bullying programs. Please contact Tyler Teegs at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can support the UCF Vigil.
Open Forum for individuals and representatives of community organizations to share and learn about programs and support for local LGBT youth
Candle Light Vigil that will begin @ the pagoda on the NE corner of the park (across from Panara Bread)
Film ‘It Gets Better’ @ Relax Grill in Lake Eola Park across from the Swan Station. This is a compilation of local ‘It Gets Better’ submissions to Watermark. If the editing of the film is not complete by the 20th, there will be a relevant alternative.
This is a community event and is an open invitation for participation.
However, as the park is not rented for this event, we must about by certain criteria for a free speech gathering. If you would like to be recognized as a community partner in this event, please contact me for more information on these guidelines.
We will also be providing a leave behind of volunteer opportunities that can impact the lives of local LGBT youth. Please let me know volunteer opportunities from your organizations, or others that you are aware of by Monday Oct. 18th.
Thank you to the following community partners who stepped up to show support even before an official email could be created, we are proud to have you as leaders in our communities.
Gay American Heroes
Hope and Help
Hope Unites Church of Christ
Mama Cha-Cha’s House
Orange County Victim Service Center
Micheal Vance: Foster Care Information
Michelle Fernandez: Trevor Project, local TrevorSpace Administrator
Some links for information and resources:
The Trevor Project http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Equality Florida http://www.eqfl.org
Passage, a FL Anti-Violence Projecthttp://www.mypassage.org
Ali Forney Center for LGBT homeless and runaway youth http://www.aliforneycenter.org/resources.html
Orlando Youth Alliance, a local LGBT youth organization http://www.orlandoyouthalliance.org
The Zebra Project, local LGBT homeless and runaway youth resources http://www.zebrayouth.org
Mama Cha-Cha’s House http://www.youtube.com/ndawg2