Good Evening, I am Lynn Singer, deputy provost here at Case Western Reserve University. On behalf of the university administration, I am pleased to welcome you all here tonight, students, staff, faculty and especially welcome those of you new to our campus most notably our colleagues from Cleveland State University.
We are here tonight to stand in strong solidarity and support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender members of our communities. They are our brothers and sisters, our friends, parents, cousins, neighbors, doctors, police and firefighters, professors, our armed forces, and so many more. Tonight we stand here to speak out against what is really the unspeakable—the bigotry, violence and hate-filled acts that have destroyed the lives of so many members of our LGBT community.
I am saddened to realize there are many more victims. But I am proud to stand here with you today and to join with you in promoting a humane and just campus and community that values the worth and dignity of each individual.