More than 75 people gathered at the Legacy of Love Monument at Cedar Springs Road and Oak Lawn Avenue at sunset on Saturday, June 30 to remember the teenage lesbian couple shot last week in Portland, Texas. Many brought candles and flowers they left on the monument.
The rally was organized by Daniel Cates, North Texas regional coordinator for GetEQUAL.
Norma Gan, congregational care minister at Cathedral of Hope, began the rally with a prayer for Mollie Olgin, 18, who was killed, and Kristene Chapa, 19, who remains hospitalized.
The first speaker, Equality Texas Executive Director Dennis Coleman, said attacks on the LGBT community are increasing.
“I wish I could tell you these horrific attacks were a diversion from the norm, but I can’t,” he said.
He listed a number of recent incidents in Texas including a teen suicide that was the result of bullying.
“People are gathering at vigils like this one and saying ‘enough,’” Coleman said. “Demanding children — all children — be safe. This is a dark day for our community.”