We will begin gathering in Niagara Square at 6pm. Vigil program will begin at 6:30pm featuring remarks from Mayor Byron Brown; Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul; US Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr.; NYS Senator Tim Kennedy; Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz; Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty, Jr.; Professor Faizan Haq, WNY Muslims – Founder; Patti Jones, Spectrum Transgender Group – Founding Member and Pride Center of WNY – Board Chair; Ellen Brauza and Bishop R. William Franklin, Episcopal Church of WNY; Bryan Ball, Stonewall Democrats of WNY – President; and Kitty Lambert-Rudd, OUTspoken for Equality. Prayers will be offered by Carol Speser and Nathan Phillips-Frey. Songs will be offered by Kerrykate Abel and Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus. Hosted by Matthew Crehan Higgins, Pride Center of WNY – Senior Director.
Plannned in partnership with Pride Center of WNY, Stonewall Democrats of Western New York, OUTspoken for Equality, Western New York Anti-Violence Project, Spectrum Transgender Group of Western New York, Open Buffalo, and Loop Magazine.