PFLAG Canada

PFLAG Canada

October 06, 2010 08:00 ET

PFLAG Canada Reacts to Suicide Deaths of Gay Youth

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2010) - The volunteers, staff and members of PFLAG Canada are deeply saddened by the recent suicide deaths of American students, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaburg, Billy Lucas, Cody Barker, Tyler Clementi, and Raymond Chase; and Canadian youth, Chantal Dube and Jeanine Blanchette. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to their families and friends and to all people who share their loss.

"These tragedies remind us that while society is working to eliminate prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBT) youth still experience overwhelming adversity and many do not see a hopeful future ahead," said Cherie MacLeod, PFLAG Canada Executive Director.

Research indicates that approximately one-third of youth suicide attempts are related to sexual identity issues. MacLeod added, "If we are to protect our children, clearly, we must take bolder steps to create a safer, more inclusive society for LGBT people."

PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization that provides support, information and resources to anyone with questions or concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity issues. The organization oversees a network of highly effective volunteers that provide local support in nearly 80 communities nationwide. People who are struggling with sexual and gender identity issues often have difficulty asking for help. PFLAG Canada is there when it seems no-one else is. The organization is currently working to expand its toll-free telephone service to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Inspire Change.

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