It’s suicide prevention week and LGBT youth are at higher risk

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, and today is The Trevor Project Day and World Suicide Prevention Day. Below is a video from the We Give a Damn series that reminds us that, while LGBTQ youth are nearly four times more likely to attempt suicide, it isn’t because they’re gay, bisexual or transgender, but because they feel alone and without a safe, accepting place to turn.

We all have a part to play in making sure no one feels alone because of their sexual orientation or identity, and our leaders need to continue to push for legislation that no longer makes LGBT people feel isolated and inferior.

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Born and raised in Maine, Nick Seaver moved to DC to study political communication in 2003. He began writing extensively on LGBT rights during the first ballot initiative in Maine that overturned marriage equality. He writes about a variety of issues, ranging from marriage to issues facing LGBT youth. Follow him on Twitter at @NDSeaver.

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