Students march for BLM, LGBTQ in Normal

A screen capture of the Pantagraph's live video broadcast of the June 25 protest.

NORMAL — Students marched for Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community last week in Normal.

The Bloomington Pantagraph reported that more than 50 protesters, mostly students, gathered at Normal’s Maxwell Park before marching on Thursday, June 25. Both high school and Illinois State University students spoke about their experiences as LGBTQ and people of color.

The newspaper reported that a 16-year-old student at University High School organized the event when there wasn’t discussion on the intersection of race and LGBTQ issues.

“I wanted to organize this event, especially since it’s Pride month, as a way to affirm that Blackness and queerness are not mutually exclusive, and for those people who feel like they need to sacrifice one aspect of themselves to fight in Black Lives Matter,” Yvin Shin, a member of Not In Our School Bloomington-Normal, told the Pantagraph.