Special Living in the Tension Gathering: Preventing LGBTQ Teen Suicide

Christian communities today are beginning to realize regardless of their theology and beliefs about sexuality and gender identity there are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in their congregations. These LGBTQ youth sit in church pews, attend youth group and sing in the choir. Some of these young people feel accepted and loved by their families and faith communities. However, many of these youth feel rejected, completely alone, and very afraid…

 

3 Facts about LGBTQ Teen Suicide*:

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers.
  • Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt.

 

If these statistics trouble you and you would like to help please join The Marin Foundation for a special presentation by The Trevor Project about LGBTQ teen suicide prevention and ways in which Christian communities can play a role in harm reduction. Learn valuable tools that could help you be the one to save an LGBTQ teen’s life!

 

This FREE event is Monday, June 9th at Roscoe’s on 3356 N Halsted St, Chicago at 7pm. For more information see our Facebook event page.

 

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. To learn more about The Trevor Project check out their website: www.thetrevorproject.org

 

Please invite your friends, families and congregations to attend this important event.
Much love,
The Marin Foundation

 

 

* These facts are compiled from The Trevor Project website: www.thetrevorproject.org

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).


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