The Fiscal Cliff: What Does It Mean for Georgia’s LGBTQ Youth?

The Fiscal Cliff refers to mandatory budget cuts that will take place across the board with very little discretion. These massive cuts will include important programs for youth including health, suicide prevention, homelessness prevention, substance abuse and bullying. LGBTQ young people face so many challenges in their lives, to lose these services on top of everything else would be painful and potentially deadly. Congress needs to work together to come up with a better solution before the first of the year. If the nation does go off the fiscal cliff, LGBTQ youth, as well as all youth in general will be impacted.

Our work is cut out for us. If at all possible contact your congressional representatives and tell your story (you can look up who they are here).  Consider writing a letter to the editor. Talk to your neighbors and friends.

Thank you for your outreach and your work to reduce bullying and harassment of LGBTQ youth. If you are a GSA group or LGBTQ youth group working on advocacy around this issue let us know what you are doing! We would love to help support your efforts. Email us at info@georgiasafeschoolscoalition.org

Want to learn more about the effects of the fiscal cliff on the LGBTQ community? Check out this report from the Task Force.

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