LETTER: LGBTQ youths need your help now more than ever

In the current political climate, our community’s LGBTQ+ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer-plus] youths need support more than ever.

Suicide and self-harm rates among LGBTQ youths are alarming and increase when those youths are raised in families who are unsupportive and when they are exposed to targeted physical and verbal harassment.

From advocating for bathroom rights to being a mentor and supporting your local high school’s GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance), there are many ways to be visible as a supportive adult and ally.

Please consider these vulnerable loved ones as you move through these next few years.

Jessaca Ann,

Port Angeles