Don’t exclude our LGBT youth

To the editor:

This letter is in response to the May 14, 2018 column written by Erick Erickson titled Death by conformity. Mr. Erickson infers that youth and adults that identify as being members of the LGBT community as lacking godly values and having corrupting influences. That is a blatant lie and distortion of reality. The members of the LGBT community that I have personal contact with are honest and trustworthy people. They are members of our human family and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. According to our Christian teachings each of us are created by our heavenly Father and that the Triune God does not make a mistake.

Utilizing creditable research sources, Brown County currently has 25,194 residents of which approximately 4.0 percent will identify at being members of the LGBT community. That calculates that there are approximately 1,008 people in Brown county that identify as being part of the LGBT community. Currently 22 percent of the Brown county population is under age 18 so that calculates that there are approximately 222 youth that are part of the LGBT community.

Youth that identify as being members of the LGBT community should not be excluded from any youth program that teaches excellent character values along with premier youth leadership skills. Prior to 1969, female high school students were not allowed membership into the Future Farmers of America (FFA). Today it would be so wrong not to include females in FFA. We need to continue our forward progress in becoming more accepting of necessary changes because we can not continue excluding certain population segments because of our discomfort or past accepted practices.

Lynn Hoffmann

Springfield

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