June 13, 2012
I use to think things must be better for LGBTQ youth today than when I was young. After all we have openly gay politicians and entertainers, more companies offer domestic partner benefit coverage, some states have passed same sex marriage even if there is much to be done in that arena. What i did not realize is the price many LGBTQ youth pay for being openly gay and honest at such an early age. They are rejected by family and friends, made fun of and bullied, forced to drop out of school because of the ridicule and lack of support. ROSMY is the only organization in Virginia that works specifically with the LGBTQ youth providing support groups, a means to gain self esteem and, quite simply, a safe haven to be themselves. I have observed the staff and volunteers work tirelessly to assure a youth who has no where to go or may be contemplating suicide is cared for, given a safe environment and the support they need to feel life is worth living and they can be themselves without fear. I cannot say enough for all the good this organization provides.
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MY ROLE:Board Member