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I Am Enough

I Am Enough

Talking about suicide and suicidal ideation is vital for our kids and our communities. Doing so comes with a list of do’s and don’ts for important reasons. Many of us have fears of saying the wrong thing or creating suicide contagion (unintentionally increasing more suicide attempts). As parents and fellow Mama Dragons, we can help remove the shame felt by us and our LGBTQIA children by normalizing and demystify this topic through educated conversation. The first step is to become educated about…

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Op-ed: Mormon church must do more for LGBT youths before more take their own lives

Op-ed: Mormon church must do more for LGBT youths before more take their own lives

First Published Jul 02 2016 03:00PM by Kimberly Anderson – The time for talk is over. The time for action is here. Individuals will react in various ways, but hopefully their reactions will result in awareness, visibility, outreach, community-building and unconditional love for their queer children and extended LGBTQIA community.I condemn in the strongest possible language the environment and culture that is leading to self-loathing, self-hate guilt and shame. The culture that these children are saturated in has led tragically to more than just the suicides this week. The history of Utah and the legacy of the LDS Church is splattered with the blood of dead queer youth and adult members.

Youth Suicide Drives Down Utah’s Child Health Ranking

Youth Suicide Drives Down Utah’s Child Health Ranking

Posted JUN 20, 2016 By ANDREA SMARDON – A new report shows that Utah is not making the same progress on children’s health insurance coverage or child death rates as other states. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the state dropped from 7th to 27th in this year’s child health ranking.

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