We may have come a long way when it comes to acceptance, but there is still a long way to go. The LGBTQ community still faces discrimination, prejudice, denial of civil and human rights, and family rejection. Youth are especially vulnerable to bullying, teasing, harassment and physical assault. All of these factors put our youth at greater risk for depression, suicide, substance abuse and risky sexual behaviors. In fact, nearly 29% of LGBTQ youth attempted suicide at least once in the prior year, compared to 6% of heterosexual youth.
These mental health issues add another layer of stigma to an already difficult path.
As a parent or adult mentor, one of the most valuable things you can do is to learn to listen.
Click here for a short video with helpful tips for listening to our youth.
Support and Resources:
Where’s MY Book? A Guide for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth, Their Parents & Everyone Else
Now That You Know: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding Their Gay and Lesbian Children