Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Candelight Vigil in Memory of Slain LGBT Activist, Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado

(The following is from the Facebook page for this event)


Sun, Nov 22, 7pm
Outside of the Trinity Church
Copley Square, Boston



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"19 year old aspiring fashion artist Jorge Steven López Mercado was found on Friday night decapitated, dismembered and partially burned. According to authorities, the investigation has shown that it is indeed a hate crime." (source: Current)

"The police investigator suggested that he deserved what he got because of the 'type of lifestyle' he was leading." (source: Towleroad)

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Please, PLEASE invite all of your friends to a vigil honoring Mercado as well as anyone else who has been murdered, beaten, and otherwise terrorized for their sexuality or gender identity, either real or perceived.

The LGBT population in Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican LGBT community here in the United States need to know we support them.

WE MUST FUNNEL OUR SADNESS INTO AN OUTPOURING OF RIGHTEOUS OUTRAGE.

We must show the government, the media, and the oppressors that to systemically target one group for its appearance or mannerisms--and then subject them to violence explicitly for those criteria--is INTOLERABLE.

We also must demand that the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, recently signed into law by President Obama, is used effectively to bring Jorge's killer to justice.

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For more information on this vicious crime, please go to:

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PLEASE bring candles for yourself and others. Thank you!