“We need to stop looking at this as an issue and start looking at it as real people” – Absolutely we do
I read an article yesterday that included a statistic from The Suicide Prevention Resource Center –
They estimate that between 30 and 40% of LGBT youth (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) have attempted suicide.
Within this percentage, LGBT youths who experience rejection from their families are more than 8 times more likely to have attempted suicide, and 6 times more likely to report high levels of depression.
I read this and was heartbroken. But not surprised.
I wasn’t surprised because I’ve seen first hand the discrimination, the hatred and the lack of understanding that LGBT people face on a regular basis. And the saddest fact is that the place I’ve seen this most prominently is in the church – I have no doubt that the church’s outspoken attitude on homosexuality and the way it has treated the LGBT community in the past has contributed to the suicide statistics mentioned above.
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