In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Cathy Marino-Thomas, President of the Board of Marriage Equality New York. Recently there’s been some appalling gay bashings in New York City. Marino-Thomas eloquently addresses this as well as the fact that LGBTQ teens are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Over the last month, numerous teenagers have taken their own lives after facing bullying incidents. When asked how we can turn this around and send out a positive message to our LGBTQ kids Marino-Thomas stated, “I’ve been mourning these kids. It’s just devastating what’s going on. We are the adults in this community. We must find a way to reach out to these kids who are just figuring stuff out. We need to be visible, we need to be good positive role models. We need to show them that there is life beyond the coming out process and with or without your family’s acceptance you are a valid individual that can lead a good and positive life. We as the adults need to take charge of this. We need to put ourselves out there and let these kids see that. We must provide hope.”
Founded in 1998, Marriage Equality New York is the oldest organization in the state of New York to advocate full and equal marriage for same-gender couples. A grassroots, not-for-profit organization, MENY and its dedicated volunteers are devoted to ending discrimination in civil marriage through education, awareness and media campaigns, political actions, and coalition building. Marriage Equality New York is also the founding chapter of Marriage Equality USA, the national organization with chapters in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Join MENY as they travel from all over New York State to meet their Senators in Albany to educate them on why marriage equality matters! In 2011 there will be freshman and senior senators to work on and to push ALL senators to get this legislation to a vote. Be part of that change!
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