LA LGBT Center’s Resistance Squad Volunteer Caitlin Mullally
On April 8th 2018, the Resistance Squad gathered for a letter writing action to advocate for LGBT youth to be able to access the services they need. We demanded from our California legislators to pass SB 918, creating an Office of Homeless Youth and a $60 million grant program, and AB 2119, clarifying that foster youth have the right to access-gender affirming care. Several volunteers opened up about their relationships with the bills as well as their experience with the Resistance Squad.
Shannen Garrett, a first time volunteer with the Resistance Squad: “I think it’s important to be visible and have your voice heard. Young people don’t necessarily have the voices or the same type of power that we may have as adults, especially if they are homeless or in the foster care system. They are just trying to survive.”
Katrina Jagelski is a member of the Leadership Council at the Resistance Squad. She described what she’s focusing on in her letter: “I love my parents and I don’t want to say anything bad about my parents, but at the same time there was a point 3 years ago where they nearly abandoned me on the roadside. They came back in 5 minutes, but it was the worst feeling in the world. At that point it was like oh I don’t know what I’m going to do? I don’t know where I’m going to go? Am I done? Should I even bother living right now? But that was just 5 minutes. I’ll never forget that that happened. For so many kids that is the reality, constantly. They don’t deserve that just because who they are. It’s insane to me.”
A total of 52 volunteers came out to the LGBT Center and wrote 109 letters to our California state legislators advocating for 2 life-saving bills that will help LGBTQ youth access the services they need to succeed.
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