Hiram College students will show their support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the form of a Die-In at 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 29. The demonstration will take place under the Hinsdale Arch, on State Route 700.
The Die-In is meant to recognize members of the LGBTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, allies and pansexual) community who have died because of suicide, as a result of bullying, or of hate crimes. Attendees will also stand in support of non-LGBT related bullying, as the issue has gained increasing national attention.
Students will show support by lying on the ground (to represent death), as victims’ names are read.
The Die-In is sponsored by the student group PRYSM (Presence and Respect for Youth Sexual Minorities), but the group plans for participation to span beyond members of the organization. Students staged a similar event in 2010, following the death of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, and received an outpouring of support from across campus. This year’s event is in conjunction with a week of events in support of the LGBT community.
“It has been concluded that roughly 30 percent of suicides are LGBT-related,” said Cara Tompot, PRYSM co-chair. “The reason often goes unreported, and it’s time for this to stop. It’s time for the hate and pain to stop.”
Students are recognizing Coming Out Week the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 1 because the national Coming Out Day fell during Fall Break.