We were shocked and saddened by the news that lesbian couple Mollie Olgin and Mary Chapa had been brutally shot and left for dead. (Olgin did indeed die from her injuries.) But we find comfort in the fact that, all across the country, LGBT people and allies held vigils and rallies for the two young women.
Sunday evening in Manhattan, the grassroots group Queer Rising invited members of the public to come to Union Square and share in their grief—and in hope that Chapa will make a speedy recovery. Drawing 75-100 people the event was politically tinged, with memorial candles illuminating protest signs confronting callous attacks on the queer community. Let’s hope we quickly get to a time where such vigils are a thing of the past.
Click through for images from the Queer Rising vigil for Mollie Olgin and Mary Chapa in New York. Below, a similar vigil for the girls in West Hollywood.
Photos: Melissa Klecker