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LGBT groups say 'Trayvon Martin deserves justice'

LGBT groups say 'Trayvon Martin deserves justice'

Days after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, a coalition of LGBT rights groups has issued an open letter declaring "solidarity" with Martin's family and friends. Led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 35 national LGBT advocacy groups signed on for a letter saying they plan to "honor Trayvon Martin by strengthening our commitment to end bias, hatred, profiling and violence across our communities." The letter connects Martin's shooting to several high-profile killings of LGBT youth, including Lawrence King (the gay...

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