Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Community steps up to help LGBTQ graduates

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 11:01 AM

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force the postponement or cancellation of large events, traditional graduation ceremonies have largely been canceled. According to Joseph Shelton, a local community activist, the stress of this missed milestone, combined with the stress of staying at home with family, is especially difficult to handle for LGBTQ youths.

Shelton has started a group to make the graduation season easier for LGBTQ students who are about to graduate from middle school, high school or college. 

By joining the Facebook page (, community members may “adopt” a student by pledging to purchase them graduation gifts from an Amazon wishlist. Community members may also nominate students. Names are omitted for the students’ privacy.

“LGBTQ+ youth also may not have the full acceptance of their families,” Shelton writes, “and are celebrating their graduation by themselves.” 

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