It hasn't hit the major news outlets yet, but here on the local news, and reported on most of the gay blogs, is the tragic murder of Lawrence King, killed by a bullet to the head by fellow classmate aged 14. Though all the facts are not in yet, the police have determined it to be a hate crime.
Lawrence was an effeminate boy whose flamboyant demeanor disturbed the younger boy -- who took a gun to school and shot Lawrence. It's the reason so many of us have been pressing for educational programs in schools.
I wrote a letter for the group Families United Against Hate offering consolation and assistance to both families involved.
I'm encouraging readers of the Bonus Round blog to consider sending a donation to the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance in memory of Lawrence King. They sponsor after-school programs for GLBT youth. (Thanks to Joe.My.God. for this link).
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