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Natural Awakenings Spokane WA/Coeur d'Alene ID

Nonprofit Strives for Love Over Judgement for LGBTQ+ Communities

Sep 01, 2019 01:04PM

On October 17, join Wonderfully Made for a crucial conversation being held at the Bing Crosby Theater as speakers Rob and Linda Robertson discuss the loss of their son who was gay, and Justin Lee, an influential Christian voice for LGBTQ affirmation, share their personal and powerful stories.

“Wonderfully Made is a local nonprofit born out of the personal journeys of LGBTQ+ individuals, their families and religious beliefs that were able to transform fear, judgement, loss and pain into acceptance and love,” says Jennifer Burrows, one of five co-founders of Wonderfully Made. “In a world often characterized by division, echo chambers, disagreement, and judgment, we hope to create a space for story, thought and discussion that will lead to inclusion in all spaces.”

Statistically, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24, and sexual minority youth (SMY) contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth. “SMY who come from families who reject their identity are over eight times more likely to have attempted suicide as SMY who reported no or low levels of family rejection. We know all too well the impact on our local region, and for this reason we have created Wonderfully Made,” affirms Burrows.

Location: 901 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane. Cost: $10. Doors open at 6 p.m., Speakers begin at 7 p.m. Tickets and information: WonderfullyMadeSpokane.com.

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