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Candlelight vigil planned for Saturday to commemorate recent gay teen suicides

A candlelight vigil is planned for Saturday to commemorate the rash of suicides in the past few weeks of several LGBT young people due to bullying.

The Atlanta chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence known as the Order of the Flaming Sugarbakers are organizing the vigil, called "A Time to Remember," that will begin at Brushstrokes in Ansley Mall at 7:30 p.m. and then march to 10th and Piedmont.

“[The suicides] are breaking our hearts,” said Rick Westbrook, aka Rapture Divine Cox. “We’ve all dealt with bullying growing up. We want our queer youth to know that it does get better.

“We want to remember the people who thought they had to end their lives and let them know it gets better and there are people who can help them make it stop,” he added.

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Parents should admire gay prom teen’s courage

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Helping gay youth ‘Evolve’

There is no charge for admission to “Evolve!,” YouthPride’s largest fundraiser of the year, so organizers hope attendees will give generously to help prevent suicide by providing counseling for LGBT and questioning youth ages 13-24.