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Saturday, October 9, 2010

LGBT activists stage NYC ‘die-in’ protest to honor suicide victims, demand civil rights

More than 300 LGBT activists dropped to the floor in Grand Central Station in New York City Friday evening in a demonstration of death, aimed at calling attention to the rash of recent bullying, torture, suicides, and murders of LGBT Americans.

At around 6 p.m. in the main concourse of the nation’s busiest transit hub, demonstrators lowered themselves to the ground and assumed a dead position, arms folded across their chests.

Event organizers J. Todd Fernandez and Eugene Lovendusky read the names of LGBT victims of murder or suicide prompted by anti-gay bullying and violence, while another organizer, Alan Bounville, unfurled a large yellow banner reading: “End Homo / Transphobic apartheid in America.”

Homophobia kills. That's a fact. Today we mourned the loss of all the queer people who have died due to homophobia, and to demand Congress outlaw homophobia by adding us to the Civil Rights laws.

Names of queer people we've lost were read aloud, and a large visual display was held to give attention to homo/transphobic-apartheid in America, and to demand our full civill rights. NOW.

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