This month (and every month for that matter!) we celebrate the love and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community around the world. As passionately as we believe in the right for students to feel safe in a learning environment, we are equally dedicated to promoting a world where people have the right to love freely and proudly.
In the spirit of summer, vacations, and the transformational power of love, this month we are supporting our local organization Outright Vermont and their summer camp. Outright Vermont’s mission is to provide a safe, healthy environment for LGBTQ+ and questioning youth ages 13-22, and their summer camp is a remarkable place that helps campers build confidence, find support, and grow and thrive among friends old and new.
As a teen or young adult, even on a good day, life can be tricky at best. For many queer kids, it is still very common to feel isolated. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24, and LGBT youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth. In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt, and 92% of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25.