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Web Exclusive: Stephenie Larsen on how Encircle helps families

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Web Exclusive: Stephenie Larsen on how Encircle helps families (Photo courtesy Encircle)

(KUTV) Many LGBTQ youth come together at Encircle to support each other in youth groups.

"It's interesting to watch these kids try to keep each other alive," said Stephenie Larsen, CEO of Encircle.

But Encircle is also a place for families to get help, too.

"We have many programs for parents. Our therapy includes family therapy," said Larsen.

Larsen said research shows that if a family embraces their LGBTQ teen, they are eight times less likely to commit suicide.

"They thrive, and they need their family support," she said.

She gave an example of a parent who decided to try and change his attitude toward his transgender son.

"I think that parents always intend to do good for their children," Larsen said. "It's just sometimes we don't know what to do."

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