Joshua Bravo, one of three licensed clinical social workers at the center said it’s a goal “to find a safe space for our clients to be themselves,” reports KUTV.
Bravo said LGBT people have high rates of suicide and depression, and that many struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. He said coming out often causes stress for LGBT people and their families, and the center will work with distressed LGBT youth and adults in dealing with emotional issues.
In Utah, there are more than 1,300 homeless youth, roughly half identifying as LGBT. Half of the LGBT youth report being kicked out of the family home because of their orientation or gender identity.