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    Next mayor needs to lead on gay issues, not just support them

    It is true that Boston’s mayoral race features an embarrassment of riches when it comes to candidates who will support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community (“Mayoral hopefuls embrace gay issues,” Page A1, Aug. 19). That said, there are issues of concern to the community greater than who has been supportive the longest.

    In particular, we hope that the next mayor of Boston will look for ways to bring much-needed support to both youth and elders in the LGBT community. Up to 40 percent of those living on the streets without a parent or guardian are estimated to be young people who have been kicked out of their homes because they are gay or transgender. As members of our community age, they are facing barriers to care and services that need to be addressed.

    We want Boston to be a leader in the state and in the nation as not only a place that welcomes the LGBT community, but a place that supports it in all its diversity.

    Kara Suffredini

    Executive director