The House of Representatives will be taking up the marriage equality bill next week, to provide protections for same-sex and interracial marriages.

The vote comes as the LGBTQ community looks to heal from the mass shooting at a nightclub in Colorado, just two weeks ago.

Closer to home, LGBTQ youth have been facing ongoing challenges, from discrimination to mental health issues, especially in the wake of the pandemic.

Joe Pressley, the CEO of the Hetrick-Martin Institute — one of the largest national organizations that provide services and support to LGBTQ youth — joined Errol Louis on “Inside City Hall” Thursday to offer his insight on the state of LGBTQ youth.

Pressley previously served as Deputy Commissioner at the city’s Department of Homeless Services.