Jai Bornstein’s death brings up the struggles lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people in our society face.
Her family asks the community to not let her death be the end of the story — calling on people to make this world safer and softer for youth like Bornsetein by treating everyone we meet with dignity and respect no matter how different they may appear.
Executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Center of Bakersfield Jan Hefner said the LGBTQ community is working to create a more accepting environment. Hefner said, “People need to have an understanding that we’re all human beings.”
She urged people not to judge based on labels.
Hefner said, “Transgender individuals are routinely mocked and attacked verbally and physically, every day of their lives, or they face that.”
She asked for the community to reach out with understanding and not judgment, in honor of Bornstein.
If you, or someone you know is suicidal, depressed or suffers from anxiety, Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery has a 24-7 hotline. The number is 1-800-991-5272.
You can also call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. It’s a program specifically for LGBTQ young people 13 to 24.
The Gay and Lesbian Center of Bakersfield also provides resources for anyone who needs support.
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