Equality roundtable discusses challenges facing LGBTQ community


FEELS BETTER THAN EVER LESS
THAN A MONTH AFTER
SUFFERING A HEART ATTACK. VERMONT CONGRESSMAN
PETER WELCH. TAKING TIME TODAY TO
HEAR FROM THE L-G-B-T- Q
COMMUNITY. NBC 5’S JACKIE PASCALE
WAS THERE. SHE JOINS US IN THE
STUDIO… JACKIE – WHAT ARE CURRENT
CHALLENGES BROUGHT UP IN
THIS DISCUSSION… BRIAN… CONGRESSMAN PETER WELCH
SAYS HE WANTS TO HEAR THE
ááDETAILS OF THEIR
CHALLENGES… BUT HE WAS
SURPRISED BY SOME OF THEIR
ANSWERS TO HIS QUESTIONS. SPECIFICALLY… WHEN REPRESENTATIVES
FROM THE PRIDE CENTER AND
OUTRIGHT VERMONT
EXPLAINED HOW HIGH THE
SUICIDE RATE IS FOR THOSE
IDENTIFYING AS LGBTQ. THEY ALSO
BROUGHT UP ISSUES WITH
FINDING AFFORDABLE
HOUSING… EVEN SOME BEING DENIED
HOUSING BECAUSE OF HOW THEY
IDENTIFY. WELCH HIT ON THE
LEGISLATION HE WORKED ON
AND HELPED PASS IN THE HOUSE
OF REPRESENTATIVES: THE
EQUALITY ACT… WHICH PROHIBITS
DISCRIMINATION ON THE
BASIS OF
SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND
GENDER IDENTITY. HE SAYS TAKING LEGAL
ACTION CAN HELP MOVE ALONG
THE PROCESS OF COMMUNITY
ACCEPTANCE. BUT THE WORK IS NEVER
DONE.
SOME SOLUTIONS THE ROUNDTABLE
CAME UP WITH… INCLUDING MORE PEOPLE
FROM THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY AT
THE TABLE WHEN MAKING LEGAL
DECISIONS ABOUT THEM… AND PROVIDING MORE
SERVICES IN SCHOOLS… WITH THE HOPE OF REACHING
YOUNGER PEOPLE… WHO ARE
MOST VULNERABLE. WELCH SAYS HE’S THANKFUL TO
HEAR ABOUT THE WORK THE
FOLKS ARE DOING AT THE PRI




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