Arbit shares his personal journey grappling with LGBTQ+ identity in video for “We Need to Talk,” an annual youth mental health awareness campaign sponsored by the Detroit Jewish Federation
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. — Veteran organizer, community leader, and Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 20th House District Noah Arbit (D-West Bloomfield) filmed a public service announcement for the Detroit Jewish Federation’s annual “We Need to Talk” awareness campaign focused on youth mental health.
In the three-minute video, Arbit discusses his personal journey grappling with and accepting his LGBTQ+ identity and coming out as gay to friends and family, as well as the impact of that struggle on his mental health and personal and professional endeavors.
Arbit stated, “I am deeply honored to have been asked to participate in this worthy campaign. Tackling Michigan’s mental health crisis – particularly among young people – is at the center of my campaign for the state house, and I can only hope that by sharing my story, maybe, just maybe, some young kid out there struggling might see it and find it easier to be all that they are – just as my journey was a little bit easier than those who came before me. What I know is this: we cannot afford to waste this one precious life being anything but ourselves.”