Feb. 12, 2008 a junior high school student shot his 15-year-old classmate, Lawrence King, in the head because Lawrence had a crush on him. This year, local LGBT communities across the country are remembering Lawrence's life the week of Feb. 9.
Advocates in Ventura, California, where Lawrence lived and was murdered, are holding a vigil Feb. 12. Local community members, including faith leaders and the city's Youth Empowerment Program, are sponsoring the event. The community was among dozens that held vigils last year.
Community members in Oklahoma are also holding a vigil next thursday in Okemah City Park. A local LGBT theatre in Minnesota is dedicating a Feb. 11 show, "Be Our Valentine," to Lawrence's memory.
For the most complete, up-to-date listing of events in Lawrence King's memory, or to register your community's local event, please check www.rememberinglawrence.org, a project of GLSEN.
GLAAD urges the media to report fairly on the intersection of anti-LGBT bullying and violence when covering the life and tragic death of Lawrence King.