50 Years After Stonewall Riots, Some LGBTQ Youth Still Struggle With Acceptance

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Wraps up folks marked the fiftieth anniversary Friday of one right it's began at the Stonewall inn in New York City a police raid led the backlash that fuel the modern day gay rights movement CBS news correspondent David bag no has more just recently the NYPD commissioner James o'neal apologized to the gay community the actions in the laws were discriminatory and oppressive to remember where you were when you decided I have to do this I wasn't sure I was going to do it until I got to tell you quite frankly this is not this is this has to be done otherwise actually is not going to be the place that aids the bank and correspondent Steve Caton talk with a meat Paley he C. E. O. of the Trevor project that's the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth thirty nine percent of L. G. B. T. Q. young people and more than half of transgender a non binary you'd say they've seriously considered suicide troubling numbers they are troubling and their heart breaking and frankly in twenty nineteen I think many of us hope that we would not still be at the point where LGBTQ youth were facing discrimination and isolation that would lead to these numbers so for us it's important that people know that fifty years after the Stonewall uprising there's been a huge amount of progress but there is still so much more work to do now you man the phones at that your organization and you've talked to people what are they saying about the things they face well a lot of young people that reach out to us are worried they're worried about what is going to happen if they come out and let people know who they are and who they love they might be worried about what that would look like from their parents other members of their family friends people at school faith communities even their therapists and one PM people reach out to us we are we don't live and we tell them there may be people in your life you may not accept you for being who you are but we want you to know that there are many many people in the world who will not only accept you for being who you are but will celebrate you for being who you are and I want you to know that I'm one of those people and I'm proud of you for being who you are now this was in USA today the other day you might think young people are more accepting these days of a lot of issues not just this but this survey found forty five percent in the eighteen to thirty four age range they were comfortable interacting with L. G. B. T. Q. people last year but that's down from sixty three percent just a couple of years ago so what what do you think that shift is going on yeah I was a very upsetting study and I think one of the things we have to recognize is that progress is not necessarily I'm always moving forward there can be a box lights there can be people having rights removed from them and we I think we've seen that in the past few years after decades and decades of it increasing acceptance and support and legal rights for LGBT Q. people we have seen in the past few years rights taken away that's particularly impacted a lot of trans gender and non binary young people but at the Trevor project we saw the day after the presidential election in twenty sixteen our call volume more than doubled from LGBTQ youth who were worried about what was going on in the political climate and I think that that makes really clear to us that words do matter policies and laws are important but when there is hateful rhetoric in the political discourse and in the broader culture that trickles down and has an effect on young people and you talk about that broad national reaction so often it depends on where you live I mean in certain states laws are different people are different in how they deal with these issues that's absolutely right and there are some rights that are federal and national but I think a lot of people in the U. S. don't realize they're still many states were things that I think people thought were outlawed decades ago or centuries ago are still legal one of those is conversion therapy and for those who don't know what that is it's the discredited and dangerous practice of trying to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity it is still legal today in thirty two states in the country so there is still a lot of work to do and a lot of states and communities where there are still horrific practices and things being done to LGBTQ youth service your group direct people who might be dealing with the thoughts of suicide or something like that to to get to the right place where they can get some supporters or get to some people who can help them out we do we provide a number of different types of support for LGBT cute so we run the only twenty four seven phone taxed and shot services for LGBTQ youth so they can reach out to us if they want to pick up the phone tax shot however they want to get help there is a counselor there who is ready to

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