Connecting with the LGBTQ community tonight on Channel 7

Pride Month, June, is about celebrating the LGBTQ community, where we’ve been and how far we’ve come and where we still have to go. Ed Drantch says tonight’s show special focuses on youth, LGBTQ youth, because for so long they’ve been sort of under-represented and don’t really chat, but there are so many young people affected by anything LGBTQ; they are the allies, they are the teachers, they are the friends in the classes; it is also health care and mental health. Tonight we will be talking about all of these issues, really digging into how the education system is evolving and how mental health care and health care is available for these children. We also hear the parents of Jamey Rodemeyer, Tracy and Tim Rodemeyer, who for ten years have been in the spotlight after the death of their son Jamey. He died when he was 14. He was a freshman at Williamsville North and his parents were obviously still very emotional. Ed says it was a raw and poignant interview he did with them earlier this week and, to hear where they’ve been and where they’re going, I think can inspire a lot of people. He says they’ve been dealing with this for so long and really had to change who they are as people and we’re talking about those lessons learned at 5:30 p.m.

There are statistics that 55% of LGBTQ youth do not feel safe in school because of their sexual orientation. Another statistic is that 39% of LGBTQ youth have seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. A 2017 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) report lists a survey of 12,000 LGBTQ students and indicates that only about 5% believe their teachers and support staff actually support the LGBTQ community. Ed says this is an amazing statistic besides the idea that there are so many kids who self-injure, commit suicide, think about suicide and of course end up in the justice system as well and that’s where GLYS Western New York really comes to helping young people here in western New York because without those kinds of resources, the support groups, the drop-in centers and that feeling of support, these kids would be. really in a terrible situation.

A Buffalo Strong Conversation: Connecting with the LGBTQ community tonight at 5:30 p.m. on Channel 7

Crisis Services – 716-285-3515 or

National conversation line for LGBTQ youth – 1-800-246-7743

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