On April 25, Youth First Texas, GLSEN Dallas and dozens of other community organizations hosted the first-ever Breaking The Silence rally at Reverchon Park. The rally marked the end of the National Day of Silence, the annual event designed to draw attention to anti-gay bullying in schools.
Locally, the rally seems to be evidence that the LGBT youth movement has picked up steam in the wake of the February shooting death of 15-year-old Lawrence King in California. I think some of it also has to do with the arrival of Judith Dumont at Youth First Texas and Beau Heyen at GLSEN Dallas and the Cathedral of Hope. Of course, that’s not to take anything away from those who’ve dedicated their lives to this area for years.
Anyhow, above is one of the photos from the rally that Dumont sent over. It comes from the Flickr page of Kalan Briggs, a local youth who’s a much better photographer than I ever will be. To see more of Kalan’s photos from the rally, go here.
Also, here’s a link to a story about the rally from the EDGE Dallas Web site by Renee Baker, a Youth First board member.
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