Shawna Kemppainen 
Member since Jun 30, 2012

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Re: “Damage may be heavy from Inside Out fire

www.facebook.com/insideoutyouthservices has full updates and message from Inside Out Executive Director Chris Robertson.

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Posted by Shawna Kemppainen on 09/27/2013 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Public display of objection

Although studies on the percentage of homeless youth who are LGBT vary, the statistics consistently range between 20 percent to 40 percent of homeless youth identifying as a sexual or gender minority. The National Alliance to End Homelessness cites 20% of homeless youth as LGBT, and the Williams Institute study released in July 2012 found 40% of youth in a survey of homeless youth shelters identified as LGBT.
Here in Colorado Springs, Urban Peak data from 2012 showed 30% of youth in the shelter identify as LGBT.
LGBT youth experience homelessness at higher rates than non-LGBT youth for a range of reasons, including family rejection and abuse, and a history of physical or sexual abuse.
One good resource on youth issues is the site http://www.findyouthinfo.gov/youth-topics/…. The site is produced by a collaborative called the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, a large group of federal agencies who address human services, mental health, etc.

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Posted by Shawna Kemppainen on 08/15/2013 at 6:26 AM

Re: “Public display of objection

Dear Mr. Galbraith - If you end up having a gay or lesbian nephew, neice or great grandkid, this sign could save their life. They see these words in a "regular" public space and start to learn it's okay to be who they are. This sign could mean they are less likely to attempt suicide. If you took the chance to talk to your grandkids and speak your truth -- even if it is "Hey, I dont' get the whole homo thing, but if any of you end up gay, well ... I won't love you any less." Those words will cut their chance of attempting suice in half and reduce their liklihood of contracting AIDS by a third. In fact, if all families began with acceptance of their LGBT children, we'd reduce youth homelessness by about 25%.
Keep the sign.

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Posted by Shawna Kemppainen on 08/14/2013 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Council-president battle takes shape

"Under Council Rules and Procedures, the president runs meetings, can limit debate, and decide disputed matters of procedure. He or she also decides who on Council can speak and when; can call special meetings; and can even appoint special boards, committees or commissions composed of Council members and/or citizens."

It would be important, then, to have a president who is willing to empower the voices of many so that debate is not limited to the majority viewpoint.

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Posted by Shawna Kemppainen on 04/11/2013 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Transgender 6-year-old takes on Fountain school district

Colorado law clearly states that Coy should be able to use the bathroom of the gender in which she identifies.

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Posted by Shawna Kemppainen on 02/27/2013 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs Council hopefuls must appeal to the elders

Pam -- give New Era Colorado a call and get their side of the story about the importance of the Rising American Electorate, which includes young people. The floodgates are opening, and candidates like Brandy and Jill who value diversity are going to win.

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Posted by Shawna Kemppainen on 02/16/2013 at 11:11 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Volunteers cry foul over treatment from mayor

Great story Pam Z. I had no idea there was a regional vs. city boundary fight going on with regards to stormwater issue. I wonder how many task force studies and recommendations exist on this for our area over the past 20 years.

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Posted by Shawna Kemppainen on 01/08/2013 at 6:34 AM

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