Vigil for Navy Seaman August Provost on Friday, July 10th

August Provost was murdered June 30th while on guard duty at Camp Pendleton, near San Diego.  Although Provost was reportedly bound and gagged, shot three times and then his body burned, “Investigators have called the sailor’s death a random act unrelated to his sexuality.”  Provost’s family have said that he had complained for at least a year about anti-gay harassment and slurs he received on the job.  But of course he couldn’t alert his superiors, or President Fierce Advocate would have fired him.

The San Diego County-based organization DOD FED GLOBE and the North County LGBT Coalition are organizing a candlelight vigil.  The details follow:

A candlelight vigil will take place on Friday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.  The vigil will be held just outside of Camp Pendleton, at the corner of Monterey Drive and North Coast Highway. The Imperial Court de San Diego has provided financial support this vigil. Additionally, Organizers are calling upon communities outside of San Diego County to hold vigils in their cities at the same day and time.

Those who live in the central and southern parts of San Diego County are encouraged and invited to meet on the day of the event at 5:30 p.m. at the San Diego LGBT Community Center and caravan as part of a ceremonial “funeral procession” and head towards Camp Pendleton. Activists across Southern California will be organizing processions from other parts of Southern California as a showing of support for Provost and his family, and to encourage large numbers of people to attend. Organizers of the May “Meet in the Middle For Equality” event based in Fresno, CA have sent a call out to their networks in support of this event, and will be organizing groups of people to travel to San Diego from the Central California region.

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