October 11, 2010, was more than just another National Coming Out Day on the Case Western Reserve University campus. Members of the campus community joined together to remember those who have taken their lives as a result of anti-LGBT bullying.
Support, grief, loss, anger and—perhaps most importantly—hope were common themes of those who spoke. Student leaders, school administrators, religious officials, community members and local artists addressed a crowd of approximately 150 on the Kelvin Smith Library oval.
Transcripts of some of the evening's speeches are available below:
Several media outlets covered the event; follow the links below to watch video and/or read stories: