Vigil held at UNC Charlotte for transgender student who committed suicide

CHARLOTTE – Dozen of people attended a vigil Wednesday night at UNC Charlotte for a transgender student who committed suicide.

The student, identified only as Kate, was born male but always dressed and identified herself as a female.

Friends said she killed herself because of repeated harassment on and off campus, and they hope her death will lead to a broader dialogue at the school about gay, lesbian and transgender students.

“We have a lot more ground to cover until we're a trans-inclusive campus. We've done a lot of work in the years I've been here, but there's still a long way to go,” said UNC Charlotte junior Anthony Dondero.

Recently, Campus Pride, which researches colleges' LGBT inclusiveness, gave the school a four out of five star ranking.