Rachel Smith and Rachel Crites

February 4, 2007 at 10:09 am (Social and Politics)

My soul hurts for these girls. It sounds like all they wanted in this world was to be together. Now, they are.

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6 Comments

  1. Pink said,

    That is so sad.

  2. chicksey said,

    These girls were found about 30 minutes away from me in the county that I live in. It is very sad. It makes you ownder what sort of pressures they were recieving from their families in order to take a step like this.

  3. Jeffrey Nelson said,

    SMYAL CALLS FOR RAISED AWARENESS OF SUICIDE RISK FOR LGBTQ YOUTH
    WASHINGTON, DC – The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) today called on youth service professionals to be aware of the elevated suicide risk among young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning of their sexual orientation or gender identity (LGBTQ). The statement comes after last week’s discovery of the bodies of two Montgomery County, MD teenagers who apparently took their own lives. Todd Peterson, Chair of the SMYAL Board of Directors, issued the following statement: “On behalf of the SMYAL Board, staff, and volunteers, I wish to express deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rachel Crites and Rachel Smith. This tragic loss demonstrates the importance for all youth workers to be vigilant for any signs of suicidal ideation, attempted suicide and depression in the young people they serve.
    “SMYAL urges our region’s youth service professionals to be aware of signs of suicidal behavior in all adolescents. While we do not presume to understand the thoughts, feelings and causes of this tragedy, social science research continues to show that LGBTQ young people are at significantly greater risk than their peers for attempted suicide and other behaviors which may lead to suicide.
    “For the sake of the lives of our young people, all youth workers must be particularly sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ youth and aware of the increased risks they face, including suicide, as well as other mental health issues, substance abuse, homelessness as well as physical and verbal abuse.”
    # # #

    About SMYAL
    The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) is the only Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Founded in 1984, SMYAL is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
    SMYAL’s mission is to promote and support self-confident, healthy, productive lives for LGBTIQ youth ages 13-21 as they journey from adolescence into adulthood. To fulfill our mission, we focus our commitment and energy on five focus areas: (1) Life Skills & Leadership Development, (2) Counseling & Support, (3) Health & Wellness Education, (4) Safe Social Activities, and (5) Community Outreach and Education.
    SMYAL also provides programs for LGBTQ youth in participating Maryland public schools and conducts LGBTQ youth cultural competency trainings to teachers, emergency housing personnel, social workers, and other youth service professionals across the region.

    Resources for LGBTQ Young People and Youth Service Professionals
    Youth are always able to refer themselves to SMYAL’s programs. Youth interested in learning about activities at SMYAL’s youth center can visit http://www.smyal.org/calendar/calendar.php , E-mail youthcenter@smyal.org or contact Victor Price, Youth Services and Activities Manager, at (202) 546-5940 ext. 107.
    School counselors and social workers who wish to refer a youth to SMYAL’s individual counseling program may do so by contacting either of SMYAL’s Mental Health Counselors:

    Sean LeSane
    sean.lesane@smyal.org
    (202) 546-5940 ext. 117 Xanthia Johnson
    xanthia.johnson@smyal.org
    (202) 546-5940 ext. 106
    LGBTQ young people who are contemplating suicide should call the Trevor Helpline at 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386), a national, toll-free 24-hour suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ young people.
    Youth service professionals who wish to schedule LGBTQ youth cultural competency training for their staff should contact Christopher Lane, Acting Director of Programs, at christopher.lane@smyal.org or (202) 546-5940 ext. 103

  4. Merrick said,

    I had never met Rachel Smith, though she was the member of the Synagogue that a colleague of mine attends. I did know Rachel Crites. I did not know her well enough to know if she was or was not lesbian. I do know that her family does not believe she was nor do they believe that Rachel Crites and Rachel Smith were involved in a lesbian relationship.

    To the best of my knowledge, this is being assumed from a fragment of a journal entry that has no other context and can be interpreted in a number of ways.

    If there is other information out there, I am unaware of it and believe at least one of the families to unaware of it as well. This is a tragic event. It is also an opportunity to repsect the dead and their families. It’s about depression and teen angst. it’s not about oppression.

    • robert said,

      AGREED! thank you for you kindness and consideration…

      the LGBTQA community uses any case of possible homosexuality to make a point about oppression and bad parenting…

      well guess what?! these women had loving and supportive families that would have accepted them and embraced them no matter what.

      i know them still.

  5. robert said,

    On Jan. 22, wtopnews.com received a message board comment from Rachel’s older sister, Lindsay, saying the girls “didn’t run away because of their sexuality” and thanking everyone for their prayers and concerns.

    THATS the THRUTH….. so stop speculating

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