LaRock’s fearful agenda
Del. Dave LaRock, who is supposed to represent all individuals in the 33rd District in the House of Delegates, speaks to the non-discrimination policies schools for LGBT students. He is against the policies that make safe environments for LGBT students in schools because it is against his religious and moral beliefs and that LGBT students are more prone to self-harm.
First, if he presented the whole picture regarding students harming themselves, the studies do conclude this is more likely because of the stigma and discrimination they face in school. The website YOUTH.GOV states that strategies for improving mental health and preventing self-harm include: 1) Providing safe and supportive environments among family and peers; 2) enact legislation to protect the safety of LGBT students; and 3) build community awareness and capacity to understand and address stressors that LGBT students experience.
It seems to me our local schools are trying to do this, and he should support the mental-health initiatives for LGBT students, especially because they are children.
The other statement Mr. LaRock made was that the views of people who don’t support LGBT rights are more important than those who do. Back in the 1800s people espoused similar so-called moral and religious arguments opposing the abolition of slavery, and in the 1900s when women worked for equal rights.
It seems that our government representatives should be focused on making life better for all citizens, not espousing division and hate.
Karen Ridings Winchester