A rally is planned Friday afternoon in Lake Cliff Park to bring attention to the ongoing gay youth suicide crisis, according to Damien Duckett, secretary for the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance.

“The purpose is to bring attention to the tragic loss of gay teens to suicide and highlight legislative opportunities to help bring an end to bullying in our schools, and also to direct participants to various volunteer opportunities as it relates to the mentoring of our GLBT kids, teens and young adults,” Duckett said.

Duckett said the rally is joint effort between DGLA and several other groups and individuals, including Youth First Texas,  LULAC #4871, the Cathedral of Hope, Resource Center Dallas, Equality Texas, Dallas County Schoools President Larry Duncan, State Rep. Roberto Alonzo and Dallas City Councilwoman Delia Jasso.

“They will all be at the rally,” he said. “Most of the organizations will have representatives who speak.”

Below is the flier, and as you can see, attendees are encouraged to wear purple. Duckett said Dallas County Schools will provide a free shuttle to the event beginning at 5:30 p.m. from the DART station at 8th and Corinth to the park, and then back to the station after the event ends.