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Eleven years before we marched...

by Jeremy Hooper

...we spent this mid-October night holding hopeful vigils. Hoping for a human being to come out of the fight for his life as a victor, not a tragic icon. Hoping for a man who'd be free to breathe as anonymously or as publicly as he wanted, just as long as he kept on breathing. Dammit, Matthew, please keep breathing!

We were thoroughly pro-life, both in terms of our wishes for Matt, and in regards to the suddenly resurfaced fears we now had for all of our LGBT brothers and sisters. And we again showed the deep compassion that fills our movement.

And even then, our opposition -- the same opposition that is still fighting hate crimes legislation to this very day -- was accusing us of exploitation:

Associated Press, 10/11/1998200910112132-1

We rallied because we cared. We remember because we care enough to never see it happen again.

Tomorrow night, at various theatres across the nation, we vow to never forget.

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