Ceremony marks graduation of gay MU students

COLUMBIA, MO (AP) - Gay students are getting some special recognition as they graduate from the University of Missouri.

For the second year at the school, something called the Lavender Graduation was held at Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union. Eleven students participated Friday night.

The Columbia Tribune reported that lavender is symbolic because it blends the colors homosexuals wore in Nazi Germany: Gay men were forced to wear pink triangles, and lesbians were made to wear black.

Associate professor Elisa Glick praised the students during the unofficial ceremony, saying she knows the "courage it take to live your lives openly as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered people." She said she was in closet when she graduated from college and told them they should be honored for their contribution to campus.

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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