Some of the statistics concerning LGBTIQ youth nationally are astoundingly heartbreaking. From Human Right’s Watch:
- 4 in 10 LGBT youth (42%) say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBT people.
- LGBT youth are twice as likely as their peers to say they have been physically assaulted, kicked or shoved at school.
- 92% of LGBT youth say they hear negative messages about being LGBT. The top sources are school, the Internet and their peers.
And that is just the beginning . . .
Our community is no exception. Some reports put us towards the top of the LGBTIQ youth suicide list. Tune in this week as we talk with Executive Director of Inside/Out Youth Services, Mary Malia, about creating safe spaces for LGBTIQ youth in COS. It’s important, it’s local and #WeareCOS.
Plus, join the Inside/Put Ally Up Breakfast Fundraiser happening October 4th. We are hosting a table (there’s only one spot left at our table!) so you can join us! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you want to come support this great non-profit. The breakfast is free. You will get to hear from youth in our community, hear more about Inside/Out and have an opportunity to support their work.
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