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It should come as no surprise that nearly 40 percent of homeless youths identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Coming of age is already awkward enough when you’re straight, but when you’re living in a society where you see people maliciously targeted because of their gender identity, it can forever shatter your own self-image and lead to strong feelings of isolation and alienation, feelings that can lead beautiful people to suffer on fringes of society. It doesn’t have to be like that. This past weekend, with the help of True Colors Fund’s 40 to None Summit, Sara Ramirez came out as bisexual to let LBGTQ youths know something very important: you’re not alone.
“I am deeply, deeply invested in projects that allow our youths voices to be heard,” Ramirez explained to the True Colors Fund’s 40 to None Summit audience.
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Sara’s coming out came during a heartfelt speech covering the conflicts she felt in her own life as a result of her gender identity. Sara’s story is not too different from the hundreds of thousands of youths who confront neglect, abuse and shame at the hands of societal bias and ignorance. Thanks to the platform the True Colors Fund provided, Sara was able to spread her message to the LBGTQ community who need compassion the most. She also set an example by using her high profile to bring awareness to this great cause. If people learn from her example, the True Colors Fund will have an fighting chance to lower homelessness in the LBGTQ community, a goal that benefits all of us. Please check out the True Colors Fund website for more information.