'Pride' Recognized "National Coming Out Day"

By WEEK Producer

October 11, 2010 Updated Oct 11, 2010 at 7:46 PM CDT

Over the last few weeks, you've likely heard of some tragic instances in the gay community.

One being the suicide of a Rutgers University freshman after fellow students streamed a sexual encounter between him and another man onto the Internet.

Monday, members of the Illinois State University group 'Pride', a gay student support group, were on the school's quad to recognize 'National Coming Out Day.'

Members say recent media attention surrounding depression and violence against or within the gay community, sheds light on a long-standing problem.

"People committing suicide because they're gay has been around for a long time," said Trent Helgren, 'Pride' member. "It's just now that it's getting out there in the media."

"Maybe because it's an election year or something, but in my opinion it's always been happening," said Kelly Batke, 'Pride' Vice President. "It's just now being more out there."

We'll have more later about what members of 'Pride' and staff at ISU say they are doing to combat violence against the gay community.

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