Haven, UD's only LGBTQ registered student organization, will hold a candlelight vigil at 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, on the south steps of Memorial Hall on The Green.

May 14: Haven candlelight vigil

Haven vigil to honor members of LGBTQ community who have lost their lives

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10:05 a.m., May 5, 2014--Haven, the University of Delaware’s only LGBTQ registered student organization, will hold a candlelight vigil at 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, on the south steps of Memorial Hall on The Green.

The event will honor the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community who have lost their lives to violence, suicide, HIV/AIDS, and other related causes. 

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LGBT teens are 3.41 times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight and cisgender counterparts, according to a Haven representative, who said bias against sexual orientation is the third most likely motive for hate crimes committed in the United States. 

Gay and bisexual men are the most likely to contract HIV and are often the ones with the least access to adequate medical care, the representative added.

“It is for these reasons and many others that Haven invites members of the LGBTQ community and its allies to join in honoring the lives we have lost,” the Haven representative said.

UD students and staff will give short speeches and recite poetry on topics related to the struggles queer people face that may lead to tragedy. 

In the event of inclement weather, the vigil will be held Monday, May 19.

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