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Controversial Health Secretary Louis Sullivan

August 20, 1990

With all the press being given to Sullivan, one bit of information has been omitted.

In 1989, the Department of Health and Human Services released a four-volume report on teen suicide. In it the startling fact that adolescent homosexuals are at much greater risk than their non-gay counterparts for both attempted and completed suicides was revealed.

Rather than acting on this information and calling for further research in the area, Dr. Sullivan joined with notorious gay-bashers, the Rev. Lou Sheldon and Rep. William Dannemeyer (R-Fullerton) in demanding that this information be suppressed because it was against traditional family values. Because of Dr. Sullivan's stand, no recommendations for further research were made.

VIRGINIA URIBE

Founder, Project 10

Fairfax High School

Los Angeles

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