On October 9, 2009, the Metro Washington DC Chapter of LC/NA held its annual banquet and fund raiser. This year it was hosted at Christ Lutheran Church. The focus for the fund-raising was LGBT youth. Pastor Heidi Neumark of Trinity Lutheran of Manhattan was the keynote speaker for the evening. She told many poignant stories of the youth she encountered at Trinity Place, a shelter program for LGBT street youth operated by the congregation.
According to many reports, the incidence of homelessness among LGBT youth is alarmingly high, indicating that LGBT youth are experiencing homelessness in disproportionate numbers.
Andrew Barnett, Executive Director of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) based in Washington, D.C., also spoke at the fundraiser.
The event produced funds to provide $2,000 to Trinity Place and $400 to SMYAL. Attending the banquet was Bishop Richard Graham, representing the Metro DC Synod of the ELCA, and six members of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Lutherans Concerned. The Metro DC chapter also provides SMYAL with funds for a summer barbeque and considers youth a key priority in combating bias and oppression. A parallel concern in recent years has been education on transgender issues. Chapter support for anti-racism began several years ago and continues.
Let us raise a hearty Huzzah! for the Metro DC Chapter and the crucial services it is helping to fund.