Picking Between LGBT Children and a Family’s Faith is a False Choice, Says Catholic Advocate

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Caitlin Ryan

In a piece for The Washington PostCaitlin Ryan, a Catholic woman who heads the Family Acceptance Project, reminds parents they do not have to choose between LGBT children and their faith

Ryan’s piece comes after the high profile suicide of Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old transgender girl whose Christian parents refused to accept her gender identity. Ryan writes that Alcorn “should never have died,” but “profound misinformation” stopped her from receiving the necessary health care and counseling she desired.

A major part of what held Leelah back from receiving help was family rejection, of which Ryan notes:

“Our research shows that LGBT youth like Leelah who encounter family-rejecting behaviors are at higher risk for suicide, depression, drug abuse, HIV and other health concerns. In fact, LGBT young people who were highly rejected by their families during adolescence were more than eight times as likely to attempt…

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