In the past 12 months, over 18% of LGBTQ people ages 13 to 24 attempted suicide. 29% of the same age group of transgender and nonbinary young people, that is those who do not identify as masculine or feminine, also attempted suicide. That’s according to a report released June 2019 by The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth. The organization’s 2019 National Survey on LGBTQ Mental Health reports that 39% of the survey responders seriously considered suicide in the last year.
Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church is inviting church members, friends, families, allies and LGBTQ adults and youth to a discussion on this mental health crisis to be held Sunday evening, July 21 at 7 PM. The keynote speaker for A Discussion on Suicide Among LGBTQ Youth is the president of PFLAG Pittsburgh, Mitchell
Mitchell R. Hortert, MSW is a community leader, advocate, and educator who currently serves as the President of PFLAG Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy to families, friends, allies and members of the LGBTQ community. He has held trainings and speaking engagements on topics that range from working with families with children who identify as LGBTQ to child welfare, across Pennsylvania and nationwide. He is also the first ever instructor on working with the LGBTQIA+ community for the City of Pittsburgh’s Bureau of Police’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program. In 2010, he helped co-found the Butler LGBTQ Interfaith Network, an organization consisting of LGBTQ affirming clergy, pastors, and faith leaders who affirm the spirituality of all LGBTQ people, their friends and allies.
Before the presentation, desserts will be served, all donated and/or prepared by members of an LGBTQ inclusion ally group consisting primarily of members of the Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, Do No Harm.The suggested price for this event is a donation of $10, with all proceeds benefiting an LGBTQ youth suicide prevention program. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the church office at 412-531-7131.
A Discussion on Suicide Among LGBTQ Youth 7 PM Asbury Center