“Pride week is based on change, on pushing forward for a better world for our kids’ generation and for us,” Colin McIntire, president of the GSA club Colors says, “But in order to move forward, you also need to remember the past and the people that have passed.”
Members of SFUAD’s GSA club Colors, held a Candlelight Vigil on March 24 in Tipton Courtyard for loved ones who have suffered from homophobic abuse and suicide victims. “The Candlelight Vigil is to remember those who have died and why we need to fight harder to make it a more beautiful future,” McIntire says. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales joined the students to show his support for this cause.
Many brave students confronted the crowd and shared their personal testimonies as well as stories on behalf of friends and family victims of homophobia.
“I think it went really well. It was beautiful, the stories were heartbreaking, they were all inspiring and it was truly inexplicable. I’m kind of at a loss for words,” a moved McIntire says. “It was beautiful.”