With your support, it will be there for other LGBTQ+ youth when they need it most.
While coming to terms with her sexuality, Selena experienced isolation and anxiety, intensifying her depression and impulse to self-harm.
To make matters worse, as rumors about her sexuality began to spread at school – and bullying and harassment from her peers ensued – Selena decided to come out to her family. Sadly, her family’s initial reaction was negative, particularly her grandmother’s, and because of the tensions at home, Selena soon found herself “couch surfing” with friends and coping with suicidal thoughts.
Selena’s story is unfortunately not at all uncommon.
The most recent MetroWest Health Foundation Adolescent Health Survey reported that28% of LGBTQ+ youth reported being bullied in school and 38% reported depressive symptom. Even more alarming, 31% had considered suicide.
But there is better news.
Selena found refuge at Safe Homes. Here she had access to therapeutic supports, help with housing, and informational workshops. She formed friendships with Safe Homes participants from her own high school – who encouraged her to join them in the school’s Gay Straight Alliance. The situation at school improved and in time her grandmother apologized, enabling Selena to move back home.
Selena shared with us that “through the very darkest time in my life when I had no family, Safe Homes was my family.”
Safe Homes serves more than 350 youth and young adults every year. By making a tax-deductible donation today, you will be making sure that all of those young people will have the same opportunities as Selena for a successful future.
Board Chair, Safe Homes
Director of Assessment, The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester