(KCPW News) A new, 24-hour hotline is being created to help Utahns who are questioning their sexuality. Melanie Squire, who’s putting the Pride Empathy line together, says she used to discriminate against the LGBT community herself, but then took a class with her husband to learn more.
“We were shocked at how naïve we had been. We really allowed ourselves the opportunity to learn about this community, and we felt like we wanted to help pay it forward and try and make a difference.”
Squire is particularly concerned about LGBT youth who attempt suicide or become homeless from lack of support.
She says there are 50 volunteers so far, which is enough to staff the hotline.
“These volunteers are going to be trained in the middle of January, so that they can be prepared to answer the phone lines.”
The hotline will launch February 1st. The number will be 801-GO-PRIDE.
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