It has been 10 days since, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself in Massachusetts after enduring daily anti-gay bullying. Lesbian and Gay teens are nine times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. These kind of tragedies cannot be allowed to persist. The goal of States of Union is to show LGBT youth – and indeed all Americans – that LGBT families, couples, and loves are no different from heterosexual ones and deserve the same love, support, and admiration.
Supporters may vote for this project online at: www.refresheverything.com/statesofunion
If you or a friend are feeling lost or alone, call The Trevor Helpline. There is hope, there is help. The Trevor Project operates the only accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Helpline: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR
This month on IN THE LIFE we talk to hate crime victims and perpetrators about The Nature of Hate. Followed by a visit with artist Alix Smith, who is traveling the country photographing hundreds of same-sex couples, challenging stereotypes and taking conventional portraiture to a new level.
States of Union
Lesbian/Gay youth who have been abandoned by their family are nine times more likely to attempt suicide because of feelings of isolation. A Pepsi Grant would fund the educational youth component of States of Union. States of Union is a multi-dimensional project that focuses on gay & lesbian couples/families. In depicting healthy and stable family life within the gay community, State of Union will help combat the high rate of suicides among gay youth. Through traveling exhibitions, educational workshops and an interactive community blog, the youth component of States of Union will encourage positive identity formation. Your grant will fund the technical development of a website where gay youth can find information about national/community resources, pose questions, and share stories about their coming-out experiences. It will also fund the execution of the traveling educational & exhibition program.