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Title Hundreds of Chicagoans March to Mourn Slain Gay Puerto Rican Teenager
 
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Description Jorge Steven Lόpez-Mercado, an openly gay teenager in in Caguas, Puerto Rico, was slain in November 2009. Lόpez-Mercado was <a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2009/11/gay-puerto-rican-teen-decapitated-dismembered-and-burned.html">decapitated, dismembered and partially burned</a>, and his assailant claimed to be motivated by "<a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2009/11/killer-of-puerto-rican-teen-says-gay-panic-made-him-murder.html">gay panic</a>". Many are drawing comparisons to the 1998 slaying of University of Wyoming student <a href="http://www.matthewshepard.org/site/PageServer">Matthew Shepard</a>. <br />
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Activists in a number of American cities held public gatherings to mourn the death of Lόpez-Mercado and to protest against the continuing climate of homophobia which spawns hate crimes. In Chicago, the <a href="http://www.gayliberation.net">Gay Liberation Network</a>, along with representatives from <a href="http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/Orgullo_en_Accion/?v=1&amp;t=directory&amp;ch=web&amp;pub=groups&amp;sec=dir&amp;slk=12">Orgullo en Accion</a> and <a href="http://www.almachicago.org/">Boricua Pride/ALMA</a> held a march in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. <br />
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<b>Chicago Indymedia coverage</b>: <a href="http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/88096/index.php">Photos &#8212; Hundreds gather to mourn slain trans youth activist</a> | <a href="http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/88100/index.php">Learning from the lynching of Jorge Steven Lόpez-Mercado</a> | <a href="http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/88076/index.php">March/Vigil for Burned and Decapitated Gay Puerto Rican Teen</a>
 
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