Openly gay State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, has expressed his concern and outrage regarding the Feb. 12 murder of 15-year-old California student Lawrence King.
King, an openly gay junior high school student, was shot and killed by a classmate in Oxnard, Calif.
In a recent press release, Harris said, 'I am outraged by this act of classroom violence and wish to make clear that intending harm against people based on their sexual orientation is, without exception, completely and totally unacceptable, as are attacks based on religion, race, ethnicity, gender or any personal characteristic. Members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and questioning community deserve to live their lives proudly without fear of being victimized by these despicable acts of targeted violence. I urge my colleagues across the nation to join me in condemning this act of disturbing brutality.'