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An interfaith prayer vigil is scheduled next week in Lithonia to honor the memories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers who have committed suicide.

Tuan N’Gai, a civil rights activist, author and founder of Silence Equals Consent, said he will pray for an end to homophobia in black churches.

The vigil, “Breaking the Silence So Healing Can Begin,” will be held at noon Nov. 13 at the Willie A. Watkins Special Events Center at 5843 Redan Road.

N’Gai said the vigil grew out of concern about the four men who have filed lawsuits against prominent Bishop Eddie Long, alleging he coerced them into sexual relationships. Long has denied the allegations.

“Not many people are standing up for them,” N’Gai said of the young men. “We want to publicly step out and say, ‘We believe you.’ “

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Speakers scheduled to attend include the Rev. Kevin E. Taylor of the Unity Fellowship Church in New Brunswick, N.J.; and Sheila O’Bannon, author of “The Prodigal” stage play.

More than 75 people attended a rally Sunday led by Bishop H. “Prophet” Walker, a preacher from Spartanburg, S.C., at the state Capitol demanding that Long step down.

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