Jeff Jackson Releases Plan to Help Prevent Suicide and Homelessness with LGBTQ+ Youth

Sen. Jackson calls for slate of policies to stop discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community

Charlotte – Jeff Jackson, (D) candidate for U.S. Senate, released a plan to help prevent suicide and homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth. Sen. Jackson’s plan addresses what he calls an “ongoing tragedy that deserves our full attention.”

Jackson calls for a number of policies including fully funding Housing Choice Vouchers, passing the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, increasing access to mental health services in schools, and banning “conversion therapy.” 

“Housing insecurity leads to a spike in anxiety as well as exposure to harmful environments, like abusive relationships or human trafficking,” said Sen. Jackson. “Stabilizing housing is the key to people who need social services actually being able to hear and receive them.”

He also announced his support for legislation that would impact the LGBTQ+ community including ending the blood donation ban from gay and bisexual men, passing the Equality Act, and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act with protections for LGBTQ+ individuals. 

“Over the last seven years in the state Senate, I’ve seen repeated attacks — from HB2 to recent anti-trans legislation — from legislators who think they can score a few points by demeaning people,” said Sen. Jackson. “I am never, ever going to give those guys an inch.”

Sen. Jackson also discussed the legislative attacks on the LGBTQ+ community that he has seen during his time in the state Senate. 

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