LEE COUNTY, Fla. - You are loved! That's the message being spelled out all over FGCU. It's part of a nationwide demonstration to prevent suicides in the gay and lesbian community.
The "you are loved" chalk message project is an annual nationwide suicide-prevention awareness project to uplift and support the gay and lesbian community. This all comes after Rutgers University held a silent vigil to remember Tyler Clementi - a student who killed himself after a sexual encounter with another man was streamed online.
The suicide rates of young gay and lesbians is on the rise and many think there isn't enough support from schools, their peers, and families.
This particular project began in 2005 at Drew University and was taken nationwide just last year.
An estimated 60 percent of gay students say they don't feel safe in American schools because of their sexual orientation. They are four to nine times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual friends.
The 'you are loved' project will also be going on at 3:00 Monday afternoon at First Christian Church in Lehigh Acres and in downtown Fort Myers at 5:30.