Utah has the fifth highest rate of youth suicide in the country, with sexual and gender minority youth who experience rejection from their parents having an eight times greater risk of suicide. Additionally, eighty-six percent of sexual and gender minority students also report experiencing harassment at school. Encircle’s focus on the family stems from the knowledge that LGBTQ youth are less likely to suffer from depression or to attempt suicide if their family shows love and acceptance.
Encircle received 501(c)3 nonprofit status in 2016 and opened in February of this year. The center serves as hub to find resources that support the overall well-being of sexual and gender minorities, as well as provide a physical gathering place for families, individuals, and the community to host activities that are safe and enriching. Additionally, Encircle facilitates support groups, enrichment activities, individual and family counseling, and other resources, including providing models of what inclusive homes might look and feel like. At Encircle, we advocate that every single LGBTQ youth needs love and acceptance, and that knowledge and increased understanding are crucial to creating that space in homes and communities.
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