University of Connecticut Speaks Out Against Hate Crime

(WTNH/Kevin Frederick)

STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — Hundreds of UConn students attended a rally on campus Tuesday, gathering at a rally in response to a vandalism incident that took place nearly a month ago.

Vandalism found on an art exhibit “Speaking OUT: Queer Youth In Focus” by non-student Philadelphia artist Rachelle Lee Smith was reported on March 6. The rally, called ‘UConn Speak OUT,’ was put together by groups of LGBT college students and community members. More than 400 students were in attendance.

Despite being listed among the top 100 gay-friendly universities, students say the discrimination is still something many students deal with on a daily basis.Students say discrimination is still a harsh reality for students of many gender alignments and sexualities. The University tells News 8 intolerance and hate is not allowed, and police are investigating the vandalism.

The goal of the UConn Speak OUT is to give LGBT community members and allies a space to inspire others to fight hate speech.

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