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LGBT Elders Share Their Thoughts About Today's Queer Youth

"We still are fighting for those rights and have so much to do."

Where would the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community be without our elders?

Certainly not at the level of political and social acceptance that we find ourselves today. However, for some reason, many queer youth seem to forget our collective history and struggle for rights as a marginalized community and just how much has been achieved over the last century.

So, popular YouTube vlogger Arielle Scarcella interviewed a handful of LGBT elders at New York City's iconic Stonewall Inn to hear their thoughts about today's queer youth.

"As we become more heteronormative, the younger generation has this ability to not identify on any level and also not participate in the community at all," Stonewall co-owner Stacy Lentz says in the video. "...The sense of family and community is starting to dwindle -- especially with Tindr and Grindr, you can meet online so then bars, such as Stonewall, and spaces and fundraisers [where] communities gather, become less relevant because you can find people other places. So it's upsetting because I think there's a sense of entitlement with the younger generation -- they have to understand not only did people fight for these rights, we still are fighting for those rights and have so much to do and we can't do it if the next generation is not going to get involved and carry that torch."

Check out the video above to hear more or head here for more from Scarcella.

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