Harford County Health Department Launches New Program To Support LGBTQ+ Youth

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HARFORD COUNTY - The Harford County Health Department has announced a new program to support LGBTQ+ teens, according to a statement issued on Monday.

The "Free to Be" program will provide monthly gatherings for teens to promote inclusivity and create an accepting atmosphere for LGBTQ+ youth. The meetings will be held on the first Friday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 120 S. Hays Street.

Health Department staff and volunteers will be supervising the meetings and are charged with maintaining a safe and supportive environment.

Dr. Julie Stancliff, Medical Director of Behavioral Health for the Harford County Health Department, says this program will give teens a place to go where they feel like they belong.

"It is important to give teens a place to go, where they will find like-minded individuals and feel like they belong," Stancliff said. "We are excited to be hosting Free to Be to give teens an affirming space where they can feel comfortable and share their feelings."

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