Youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and all other marginalized sexes, genders, gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations.
- 8% of youth in high school identify as LGB (CDC, 2016)
- Approximately, 3% identify as transgender or questioning (CDC, 2019)
Percentages of LGBTQ+ youth populations are not reported with any real accuracy, particularly since many surveys do not ask questions about gender identity or sexual orientation. Additionally, youth are developing awareness of and comfort with their identities. Some individuals who identify as members of LGTBQ+ communities choose not to share their identities.
- LGBTQ+ youth are more likely to be assaulted, bullied, experiment with alcohol and drugs, attempt suicide, & experience homelessness. (HRC 2018, CDC 2016)
- LGBTQ+ youth are less likely to receive community and family support.
- LGBTQ+ youth thrive and build resiliency when:
- They are positively connected to their community
- They feel valued, affirmed, and supported by family and community
- They participate in programs with inclusive curriculum, policies and practices, and supported by trained and competent staff. (CDC, 2016
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Katherine E Soule