Joining with the Louisville Youth Group, 19 different agencies throughout Kentuckiana are hosting a discussion to take a stand against anti-gay bullying in the city. The organizations will host a community forum to address the succession of teen suicides that have reportedly been caused by online bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth.
“We have known that Louisville was unique in accepting and affirming all young people, we want to be sure they know it now more than ever,” say Donald Taylor, executive director of LYG, an outreach organization for LGBT youth. “This forum will bring together faith-based and community based agencies in an interactive conversation to discuss the resources available to support gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning youth. There will also be time dedicated to identifying gaps in services and solutions to fill those gaps.
Recently Seattle Stranger columnist Dan Savage released a video, entitled “It Gets Better,” which is a project aimed at letting LGBT youth know life does after bullying. The alt-weekly columnist has encouraged other LGBT advocates to do the same, and Louisville organizers hope their discussions will make it clear that Louisville is no home to anti-gay bullying.
The forum will be held Oct. 15 at 4 p.m inside Metro United Way (334 East Broadway).
The organizations involved include: Kentucky Psychological Association, Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group, Inc., Metro United Way, Steward’s Staff, Episcopal Diocese of KY, YouthBuild Louisville, Fairness Campaign, PFLAG Louisville, U of L Office of LGBT Services, Thomas Jefferson UU, First Unitarian, Make a Difference for Kids, U of L Brandeis School of Law, Sienna, Councilmember Tina Ward-Pugh, Adelante Hispanic Achievers, Menswork, Inc., Spalding University