The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) & the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will host the next Rural Pride summit in Lexington, Kentucky on Wednesday August 12th. The daylong event, co-hosted by the True Colors Fund & the Pride Community Services Organization (PCSO) will be held at PCSO’s office, 389 Waller Avenue, Suite 100 in Lexington, Kentucky from 1P to 4:45P. Cyndi Lauper, Co-founder of the True Colors Fund stated, "We applaud the USDA for celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people living in rural communities across the country with this important series of summits. LGBT youth comprise up to 40 percent of our nation's homeless youth population. Those in rural communities face incredibly unique challenges & are such an important & often overlooked part of this conversation. The True Colors Fund is proud to partner with the USDA & NCLR to highlight their stories as a part of the many experiences that LGBT people face in rural America." Each summit series offers a unique opportunity for USDA & other federal agencies to share information relating to policies, programs & services that exist to protect, promote & strengthen LGBT rural communities. Issues ranging from rural housing loans, community facility grants & bullying will be discussed. Each series will also include a strong presence from local nonprofit organizations, sharing USDA's dedication to serving LGBT rural America.
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