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“My chest surgery literally saved my life.”

41.8% of transgender youth attempt suicide. Studies show that gender re-assignment surgery can reduce that rate down to 3 or 4 percent. Mercer County resident and LGBTQ+ Can’t Wait Co-Captain Ryne Musick knows these facts firsthand.

“Not everyone in my family has been supportive. But my grandmother surprised me. She has always called me Miss Haley, since I was a little kid. Then, at Thanksgiving this year, she started to call me Miss Haley again. But she just stopped herself and looked me in the eyes. That was big for her, and for me too. It’s the little things.”

Right now in West Virginia it is legal for a landlord to deny Ryne and his kids an apartment, for an employer to deny Ryne a job for no reason other than who he is. That must end.

At our best, West Virginians can be some of the most welcoming people on planet earth. We know how to fight for one another. That’s what it is going to take. Because whenever we fight each other, the Good Old Boys Club wins.

Trans rights are human rights.

See some of our plans to address these issues here: