Biden honors outreach worker for The Bridge

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December 3, 2012 // UPDATED 5:48 pm - January 1, 2013
By: Ben Johnson & Sarah McKenzie
Ben Johnson & Sarah McKenzie

Vice President Joe Biden recently honored a local  outreach worker as an emerging leader of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. 

Kristan Clow, youth and community outreach manager at The Bridge For Youth, attended a barbeque this fall at Biden’s home, which is a mansion on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Ninety honorees toured the White House and discussed issues like the AIDs epidemic and foreign persecution.

“They talked about what the U.S. is doing to help individuals get aid in countries where they are persecuted,” Clow said. “It put a whole new perspective on things. ... You can get drug out of your house and lynched in the street for being gay.”

Clow discussed her work with Biden’s wife, Jill. She explained that The Bridge provides housing and transportation to LGBT students who are kicked out of the house, guaranteeing they can attend their original schools. The Bridge for Youth is currently ramping up outreach to Minneapolis Public Schools.

“[Jill] talked a lot about the bravery and courage it takes to live authentically,” Clow said. “She was thanking us for the hard work we do. She said we make the world a better place by being out.”