Gay activists hold vigil for bullied teens who committed suicide

By Jamel Lanee'

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)-  Many people from all North Alabama gathered at the Spirit of the Cross church Saturday evening to remember the teens, who recently committed suicide because they were bullied for being gay.

More than fifty people turned out for the candlelight vigil to share stories, make statements and read poems for those who could not join the festivities.

Gay activists feel too many gay teens have become a target of bullying and have no where to turn for help.

"I believe people commit suicide because they lose hope, and they're afraid, they don't have someone they know they can turn to.  And when your beaten down and told that something about you is wrong, you don't know what to do with it," said James Robinson, Executive Director with the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender group of Huntsville.

This is the first year gay activists have held prayer vigils for those nationally.  A rash of gay teenage suicide have made public headlines and advocates are using the opportunity to educate.

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