Minn. gay-rights group holds anti-bully vigil

Published 7:58 am Thursday, October 14, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS  — Minnesota’s largest gay-rights group is holding an evening vigil in support of young people bullied based on their sexual orientation.

OutFront Minnesota’s vigil begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Loring Park near downtown Minneapolis. It’s in response to recent reports of suicides by students in the Anoka-Hennepin school district, with family of some students and advocates saying some were prompted by anti-gay bullying.

OutFront Minnesota is calling for Minnesota lawmakers to take up a bill that would craft a uniform anti-bullying policy for all Minnesota schools. Lawmakers are due to meet soon for a special session to pass a disaster relief bill, and two Minneapolis Democrats say they’ll push for the anti-bullying bill.

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