GLENDALE— The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles performed a somber musical tribute Saturday evening to gay men and women who have recently committed suicide after being bullied, and it struck an emotional chord with some local high school graduates.
Chorus members placed a single red rose on a lone white stool in honor of men and women who were tormented for being gay and later killed themselves.
"It shows a sense of support," said 19-year-old Glendale High School graduate Vaheh Gabri. "It shows a sense of pride and acknowledgement. It's really a big necessity, especially in Glendale."
Being gay in Glendale is challenging because it's not often discussed publicly.
"It's not open at all," said 18-year-old Areg Hoshiar, a recent Glendale High graduate.
Hoshiar and Gabri attributed the lack of an openly gay community in Glendale to it's large religious and immigrant population.
"It tends to be extremely hostile for anyone who is [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning]," Gabri said. "I think this big homophobia is based on total ignorance."