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LETTER: Remember LGBTQ people who are unsafe right now

I’m bisexual. I am about to go home to be with my family for the rest of the summer. I am sitting here right now feeling lucky that I can go home to a family that supports me. I know that isn’t the case for so many in the LGBTQ community, and I am scared for those who are unsafe.

The stay-at-home order mandates that we stay at home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For many of us, we are safe at home with family or a loved one. But not everyone is safe at home. Two-thirds of LGBTQ youth say they have family members who have made negative comments about the LGBTQ community. Of those who are out to their families, 48% say they've been made to feel badly about their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Now, during the pandemic, many of those same LGBTQ youth are home with those family members. Since the pandemic began, calls to the LGBTQ hotline the Trevor Project have doubled.

Many members of the LGBTQ community are now home with an unsupportive family. The mental health of those individuals are at risk right now. While some be able to find somewhere else to stay during this time, some might not have any options.

As you sit in comfort surrounded by people who support you, remember how lucky you are. Remember someone you know may not be safe right now. Remember to reach out. If you can, donate to the Trevor Project.

Bethany Murray

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