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Helping LGBTQI+ youth thrive

Happy Pride!

This month, and every month, it's important to celebrate our LGBTQI+ friends, family, and neighbors. We recognize that all LGBTQI+ people deserve to live freely as their authentic selves.

But 2023 has already been an extremely difficult year for LGBTQI+ individuals, particularly for LGBTQI+ youth.

Across the country, Republican-led state legislatures are passing discriminatory policies under the guise of "protecting our children." But studies have repeatedly shown that LGBTQI+ youth with supportive families, schools, and communities have significantly lower rates of attempted suicide than those who don't have support – so who exactly are they "protecting?"

It's clear that these harmful policies are driven by hate and a lack of human decency.

Even in Oregon, where we have some of the strongest LGBTQI+ protections, youth face discrimination and threats.

LGBTQI+ students should be welcome in our schools and safe from attacks.

  • Trans youth should be welcome to participate in sports without harassment.
  • School curriculum and books should have accurate and age-appropriate LGTBQI+ representation.
  • Most of all, LGBTQI+ students should be free to be their authentic selves in their schools, homes, and communities.
In Congress, I will never stop fighting for LGBTQI+ youth. They deserve to thrive.

I know that together we can create a world where everyone is welcome and respected!

Thank you for standing with me in support of the LGBTQI+ community,


Posted on June 5, 2023.

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Suzanne knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. She worked her way through community college, university, and law school. She started her career at Legal Aid and worked as a consumer rights attorney. Throughout her career she’s been a leading advocate for public education, protecting the environment, and civil rights. She’s fighting for a better future for all Oregonians.

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