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Norman, Oklahoma Finds Its Moral Soul After Zach Harrington’s Suicide

Last night during a lengthy City Council meeting, residents and officials of Norman, Oklahoma came together following the death of 19-year-old Zach Harrington, who took his own life after watching his neighbors attack LGBTs while commenting on a LGBT History Month proclamation. Reader Timothy, who first tipped us off about the meeting that went horribly, writes in telling us the “council was so disgusted by the hate exhibited at the meeting that they want to put forth city ordinances that outlaw discrimination. This is the beginning of change, and you [Queerty and its readers] are responsible for it.” We clipped a few speakers at last night’s meeting, which you’ll notice has a much different climate than the one where residents took to the microphone to preach hatred.

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Meanwhile, over at the Fort Worth City Council last night, gay Councilman Joel Burns delivered this moving speech about bullying: