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Why they are worth saving

By Lawrence Edward HincheePublished 2 years ago Updated 12 months ago 4 min read
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This boy is very lucky

I have many hobbies and interest which has motivated me over the years. I am passionate about writing, photography and traveling. I have several passions though, one is The Trevor Project and the other one is veterans issues. It is reported that twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day in America. There are a number of reasons why, but one is our veterans who return home with non visible wounds, such as PTSD have to fight a government unwilling to pay us what we deserve.

This is taken from the Trevor Projects website. It tells you some facts about youth suicide in the LGBTQ community. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.

LGB youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth.

LGB youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth.

Of all the suicide attempts made by youth, LGB youth suicide attempts were almost five times as likely to require medical treatment than those of heterosexual youth.

Suicide attempts by LGB youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers.

In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. 92% of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25.

LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.

1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9–12) seriously considered suicide in the past year.

Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average. There is also psychological damage done to kids who are gay, bi when their parents don't accept them. In the video above I showed a great reaction by mom. But not every child gets this reaction some get this reaction.

https://youtu.be/7nTzlVkCKgQ

Why am I telling you all this? What is the point? If I could really afford to, I would open a safe place for both veterans and gay kids alike. There would be volunteers on staff to help them get the benefits they so richly deserve, teach them how to pay their bills and manage their money. If it is determined that a veteran needs a payor to achieve this, then that will be offered as well. There would be community resources to help them get off the streets and into their places. I really didn't like Obama as a president, I do however; remember him saying that homeless and veteran are two words that don't belong together. That I agree with whole heartedly.

Since gay youth are prone to be thrown out of the house by their parents, I would like to have a national hotline to where the children could come to a similar place as for veterans. The hotline would work in conjunction with Greyhounds run away kids wanting to return home program. I don't like the idea of a child being on the streets to sleep, especially young teenagers. There is too much out there and too many people don't have their best interest at heart. When a child is thrown out of the house by a parent, they have no idea as to what to do. I was thrown out by mother many times and God bless her soul my grandmother came and picked me up so I could be safe, warm and in a warm bed. One gay youth living on the streets is one too many.

I was reading a book the other day by Casey Glass where she was talking about one of her foster children. He came into care because his father threw him out on New Years day along with all of his clothing. The neighbors called the police and he was placed with her. This boy was fifteen and Casey couldn't get through to him. Finally he wrote is out after she found some of her daughters old clothing she was going to donate in his room. He told her he hated his appearance and that he felt like he was a girl on the inside and had felt like that since he hit puberty. He told his dad the night before and he was thrown out. After some time, he decided he wanted to be called Amy and that is how it happened. He was eventually put into a shared home. In today's world and I learned this in foster care training, failure to accept your child's sexuality is child abuse.

My intentions are to develop a business model that would allow me to have a place that is in the middle of no where and full time counselors available. This is one of the main reason why you should support my project. The veteran or gay child's life you save could be a family member.

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About the Creator

Lawrence Edward Hinchee

I am a new author. I wrote my memoir Silent Cries and it is available on Amazon.com. I am new to writing and most of my writing has been for academia. I possess an MBA from Regis University in Denver, CO. I reside in Roanoke, VA.

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