Dear NPS readers,
As many of you know, it is not easy for LGBT youth to grow up in this world. Even in a country with as many resources as ours, LGBT youth face discrimination, bullying, and isolation — even from their own families. As a result, a disproportionate number end up homeless and without access to adequate support or resources. Discouraged, many of these young people head to places like LA in search of acceptance and assistance.
This weekend, I will accompany a group of Harvard Humanist graduate students to LA for our annual alternative spring break service trip. Once there, we’ll spend a week working with several organizations that have dedicated themselves to serving LGBT youth in crisis. Among them are:
- The Trevor Project
- The LA Gay and Lesbian Center
- Common Ground
- Safe Place for Youth
Our students are giving their spring break, as well as some of their own money, to participate in this program. If you can, please help us make this a successful trip by donating to support their efforts. Go to www.harvardhumanist.org and click on the button to “Support our Work.” As you check out, specify that you want the funds to be used for the “Spring Break Service Trip.”As a queer adult, this issue is extremely near to my heart. My hope is that this week will be an incredible experience for our group to both learn about the issues surrounding LGBT youth in crisis and to lend a hand in the important work these organizations do.
Whether you’re able to financially support our efforts or not, I appreciate your time and consideration.