Sean Kennedy spent his 20 years on earth welcoming anyone who needed help into his home. He was murdered in 2007 for being gay. (His murderer, Stephen Moller, served less than a year.) After his death, his mother found out that all the people he'd invited to sleep in their living room for the night were strangers. But to Sean, they were friends who needed help. No one was a stranger in Sean's eyes. Likewise, this LGBT center will be able to house a few teens for the night and provide local resources for help, in areas like suicide prevention and homelessness due to being LGBT (or for any other reason).
Some of these resources would include suicide prevention and a place to sleep for the night. The LGBT center would also be able to house Gay-Straight Alliance meetings for students who are homeschooled or whose schools don't allow it (which here, is most of them).
South Carolina desperately needs a place like this. Having lived in Spartanburg all my life, I can vouch for this. We need help for our LGBT youth, who are constantly being bullied or rejected or pushed to the brink of death. As much as we wish teachers or parents would be supportive, they are most often the perpetrators, not saviors.
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