“Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill Will Hurt Teens Like Me”

Published March 13, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Will Larkins is a junior at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Florida.

Read the story and hear him (them?) speak to the Florida legislature.  A smidgen of the New York Times.com opinion piece:

“I have come to realize that those who have been so openly hateful toward me often knew little about the queer community — they thought being L.G.B.T.Q. was a conscious choice. Education didn’t just give me a sense of self worth but also the knowledge of a community and lifeline there for countless young people.

“L.G.B.T.Q. teens are four times more likely to commit suicide than their straight counterparts. According to the Trevor Project, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people, teens who learned about L.G.B.T.Q. issues or people in school were 23 percent less likely to attempt suicide. We have a mental health crisis in the queer community, and Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican Party want to outlaw the solution….”

What a brave, remarkable young person this is, who led a protest march from school with 500 other students, in Florida. Go to the Times and see and hear his testimony,

Image by Todd Anderson….nytimes.com March 12, 2022

 

6 comments on ““Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill Will Hurt Teens Like Me”

  • My podcast includes interviews with adolescents affected by such hateful policy. Will is actually going to be speak with me soon. We need to listen to our children. This isn’t just a law with some theoretical basis – this is a law that hurts children. Please listen to their voices!! creatingsafeschools.com/podcasts/

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