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GMHC Statement on NYC LGBTQ Youth Campaign

5.15.2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561 | cubb@gmhc.org

New York, NY (May 14, 2018)—Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) today celebrated last week’s launch of New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray’s citywide ad campaign designed to increase the visibility of LGBTQ young people and connect them to LGBTQ-affirming services within New York City.

The campaign, “We Are LGBTQ Youth,” corresponds with the First Lady’s NYC Unity Project, which aims to make New York City the most welcoming city in the nation for LGBTQ youth with an intersectional focus on faith communities, homelessness, and more.

“New York City’s leadership on LGBTQ youth, driven by First Lady Chirlane McCray, is making tremendous strides in helping to protect our young people and educate them about their rights, as well as secure them safe and healthy futures,” said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. “This kind of visible support sends a strong message that LGBTQ youth have a place here—and a future as leaders, organizers, activists, educators, and much more. The ‘We are LGBTQ Youth’ campaign will also educate people who are just learning about the LGBTQ community, or unlearning bias and stereotypes, helping to foster a more inclusive, tolerant society.”

“Visibility of LGBTQ identities was just beginning to emerge in pop culture when I was coming out, and I was always desperately scrambling for knowledge and resources,” said Kaleb Dornheim, a 26-year-old GMHC Advocacy Specialist. “With the creation of the Unity Project and the accompanying ‘We Are LGBTQ Youth’ campaign, young queer and trans kids now have an important link to resources, education, and communities with other kids like them. Not only will these young people be able to connect with peers their own age, but they will see a city that supports LGBTQ people of all ages who can serve as mentors and role models.”

For more information about the “We Are LGBTQ Youth” campaign, please visit: http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/242-18/first-lady-chirlane-mccray-launches-new-citywide-ad-campaign-lgbtq-youth

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