OPEN LETTER TO Rep. Mark Walker – NC 


  
This ought to be shared far and wide. 
A letter by my friend, and longterm Give ’em Hope Administrator, which she posted to Rep. Mark Walker – NC. 
This is mind-blowingly powerful. Thank you Rachel. Every voice that speaks out is important and your words are rational, considered and logical. I hope you receive a reply or see a response in some way.
Rachel tells me that, “I posted two comments to his un-official page and had two friends post after mine… All of them were deleted! — The posting (below) is to his official page under Rep Mark Walker.
“Rep Walker … Greetings.
Before I retired, I served my community as children’s ally – working as a volunteer with a non-profit organization where I helped protect children’s rights. I’ve also served as a community leader. I’m also an ordained minister, ret.  
I am also a parent, grandparent and great-grandparent and have gay family members. Today, I’m concerned about the safety, security and welfare of LGBT youth and LGBT families who reside in North Carolina.      
The United States is home to at least 9 million people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT. Surely you must also know that LGBT people and their families across the country continue to face discrimination in all areas of their everyday lives. 
North Carolina State Policy Profile: Total State Population: 9,535,483 – Total Adult Population: 7,465,545 – Total LGBT Population: 246,363 -LGBT % of State Adult Population: 3.3% – % of Same-Sex Couples Raising Children: 18%. 
School safety: As you probably know school board policies and codes of conduct are only as good as the administrators and teachers who follow them, so they must not be ignored.  
Nationwide Statistics: Statistics from (Key findings from GLSEN’s 2009 National School Climate Survey) showed in 2009 that 84.6% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, and 40.1% reported being physically harassed -AND 18.8% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.  
These percentages are outdated and I can only imagine that they much higher today … I’m sure with the new legislation and anti- gay attitude that these numbers will continue to rise due to the expected increase in both physical and verbal harassment.  
LGBT youth do not make a choice to be disowned from their families, ignored by their friends, and abused by their peers.   
Thank you for your time: I look forward to reading about your plans to protect North Carolina LGBT students and LGBT families.  
LGBT youth – young people particularly deserve your protection from being harassed, being harassed because of their sexual orientation and gender expression.  
Rachel Wolff”.

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David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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