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These percentages are outdated and I can only imagine that they much higher today … I’m sure with the new legislation and anti- gay attitude that these numbers will continue to rise due to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.
April 9, 2016
OPEN LETTER TO Rep. Mark Walker – NC
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