WATERTOWN, N.Y. — A public health agency in New York has been granted a substantial grant from the state Department of Health to fund LGBT youth programs there, the Watertown Daily Times, a regional newspaper, reported Sunday.
AIDS Community Resources Health (known as ACR Health) will use the $123,449 grant for LGBT youth in a nine-county region that will serve youth at the agency’s center in Syracuse, the article said.
“A lot of kids who come to us are struggling with their sexual and gender identities,” said Michael Crinnin, director of ACR Health, in the Times article. “No one was dealing with those issues with kids. We were responding to a need.”
He said the money, which staff expects to receive in the fall, will help fund a youth worker in the north service area. He said the agency receives many calls from LGBT youth but at present does not have enough staff to follow up and return phone calls promptly, the Times article said.
“Kids in the north country are left to flounder with no support,” Mr. Crinnin said. “Many youth don’t want to tell their parents they’re transgendered. They need a refuge.”