Dear Abby, long-time ally and first-ever Straight for Equality award recipient, showed her support for the LGBT community in her column today.
A 16 year old in Louisiana wants to come out to her family and fears rejection from those closest to her. Dear Abby gives the advice that I hope all youth hear - practice caution if you fear your family will react badly to the news. While honesty and openness are very important to living a healthy life, LGBT youth who come out to their family before they are living independently are vulnerable, and can sometimes find themselves leaving their home - voluntarily or by force - if the rejection is extreme.
Thank you, Dear Abby, for always giving sound advice, especially to our LGBT youth.