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Hundreds Gather For Clementi Vigils in NY, NJ

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Hundreds of people in both New Jersey and New York gathered last night to remember Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University student who committed suicide last week after two of his classmates transmitted his sexual encounter over the internet.

In New Jersey, where the school's based, students and faculty gathered to commemorate their peer, and Rutgers President Richard McCormick described the school's vigil as "an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the values of civility, dignity, compassion and respect for one another."

Meanwhile, across the river in the Big Apple, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who's a lesbian, told supporters to "send a message to those ignorant individuals that they're not in the mainstream."

Outgoing Gov. David Paterson, meanwhile, used the opportunity to promise legislation aimed at cyberbullying. Whether he has time to enact such a vow remains uncertain, especially since Albany's famously dysfunctional. Still, it would be a great platform for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Cuomo who, as the New York Times pointed out this weekend, hasn't done nearly enough for when it comes to gay rights:

He could have pursued more civil rights cases [as state Attorney General], and he remained virtually silent on the same-sex marriage bill when his voice might have made a difference in the State Senate debate. Now that he is the Democratic candidate for governor, he should explain to voters how he plans to press that fundamental right forward...

I've included footage from the rallies, AFTER THE JUMP....

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  1. Thank you so much for writing about the vigil in NYC. As one of the organizers, I can tell you that while Tyler was one of the young men we remembered, the vigil wasn't exclusively for him. It was for all of the young LGBTQ youth who have taken their lives, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, it was to inspire HOPE in the rest of the LGBTQ youth community. We'd hoped that our message of hope was at the forefront of the media coverage, because that's why we did it.

    Posted by: K M | Oct 4, 2010 9:10:24 AM


  2. Cuomo was silent on Marriage Equality???

    I did not know that.

    What a shame- so people are looking at electing the 'same old, same old' huh?

    When will Dems grow a pair already?!

    Posted by: stephen | Oct 4, 2010 9:19:49 AM


  3. write in paterson for governor is the only one who had the balls to stand up for us. cuomo is just another politician who says nothing just to get elected.

    Posted by: walter | Oct 4, 2010 12:01:50 PM


  4. Thanks for writing about this event and others like it. The LGBT teen suicides resulting from anti-gay bullying is reaching epidemic proportions. So much so I worry of a sort of backlash and desensitization to the gravity of such tragedies. The LGBT video channel, OURsceneTV, posted a special report on bullying and LGBT suicide (http://bit.ly/bJdNbX).

    In this video a gay New Jersey teen talks about relentless bullying from classmates and an attempt to take his own life, and video from the Tyler Clementi vigil organized by NYU students where hundreds showed up in the rain to remember and send the message "this is not okay."

    Posted by: Chris Atlier | Oct 26, 2010 4:22:37 PM


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