Unity plans march to show support for LGBT community

Unity plans march to show support for LGBT community

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Students, faculty and community members are invited to join Unity TAMUK in their Day of Silence march on Thursday, April 19.
Participants will take a vow of silence for the entire day and march around College Hall to show awareness and pay their respects to the LGBT students who have committed suicide because of bullying.
“The only way out for them was suicide,” explained Monica Martinez, vice-president of Unity and criminology/psychology major. “So this is a silent march but also a loud message to tell everyone about what happens and for them to see what’s wrong.”
Anyone wishing to support will meet at College Hall at noon to begin their walk around the hall to the gazebo. The first 25 people  will receive a Day of Silence T-shirt. After the march, participants will be able to hear speeches from a few special guests.
“A priest from the Rio Grande valley is coming hopefully,” said Martinez.  “And hopefully a drag queen to talk about what they think of Day of Silence. The priest has a church in the valley for the LGBT community.”
Unity is an organization that provides a safe place to anyone experiencing bullying or difficulty in the outside world.
“At the moment we’re trying to branch out and make it safe for everyone,” said Martinez. “We’re trying to show awareness to the community.”
Unity is encouraging everyone to join the march in this meaningful cause and learn about the harsh reality students in the LGBT community face.