LGBTQ Youth in New Mexico

What are the challenges facing youth and young adults in New Mexico who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer?

Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. on Ch. 5.1

What are the challenges facing youth and young adults in New Mexico who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer?

Nationally, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) youth are more likely to face verbal and physical harassment at school. They are also at increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, suicide attempts, and suicide. Many face discrimination in their own families and may even end up on the streets.

On the next Public Square, young people in New Mexico’s LGBTQ community share their experiences. And we talk with advocates and community leaders about what we need to do to improve the lives of LGBTQ New Mexicans. In the second half of the program State Senator Cisco McSorley and Peter Simonson, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, join the discussion.

Join New Mexico PBS for a PUBLIC SQUARE, where civic dialogue takes center stage. Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE was provided in part by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. PUBLIC SQUARE is hosted & produced by Megan Kamerick.

Quotes From PUBLIC SQUARE Participants:

[My parents] said “Pack your bags and go. If you want to live like this you can’t be here at all.”
–Jessica Muellers, transgendered youth activist

“Coming out process was a big period of self-hatred and I even contemplated taking my own life at one point because I felt there must have been a demon in me, there must have been something wrong with me.”
–Quela, UNM, LGBTQ Resource Center

“Because I was in a leadership role in other parts of the school they saw I was straight and I was standing up for my friends, so we started hearing a lot less of “That’s so gay.” It has a big, big effect.”
–Ashley Allers

Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE was provided in part by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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