Now more than ever LGBTQ youth need protection, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County is here to provide that. Jennifer Becker, VP of programs, explains how they're helping, and what's next.
Becker says BBBS has a goal of creating a safe, affirming, and welcoming environment for LGBTQ youth, who face higher rates of bullying and suicide. The group created the Big Pride Program specifically to help these kids. The program pairs kids with adults who are ready to listen and support them in any way they need.
"There is this fear of rejection and this lived experience of rejection," Becker says. "We want to be there with that young person to say, 'hey, we are here, and we care.'"
Katie, a non-binary youth, says since joining the program their confidence has been boosted.
"I know when I'm around my Big I can dress as I want as my gender identity, and I don't have to hide any part of me," they said. "I can just be who I want to be, without a fear of being judged."
To learn more about Big Pride you can head to bbbsbroward.org