Just released – 2018 LGBTQ Youth Report

In 2017, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation partnered with researchers at the University of Connecticut to replicate and expand on a similar 2012 survey to identify  experiences of LGBTQ youth in their family settings, schools, social circles and communities. This project revealed persistent challenges still existing for LGBTQ youth, but also signs of hope for the future.  Over 12,000 youth aged 13-17 participated in the survey, with representation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  The report of this study is now available here!

Here are a few of the persistent and alarming challenges that the UConn team reported:

  • 95 percent of LGBTQ youth report trouble sleeping at night;
  • 77 percent of LGBTQ teenagers surveyed report feeling depressed over the past week on average; more than 70 percent report feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness in the past week;
  • LGBTQ youth of color and transgender teenagers report the highest levels of rejection and isolation – only 11 percent of youth of color surveyed believe their racial or ethnic group is regarded positively in the U.S.;
  • 50 percent of trans and gender expansive youth said they never use school restrooms because they are unable to access those that align with their gender identity;
  • Only 26 percent say they always feel safe in their school classrooms – and just 5 percent say all of their teachers and school staff are supportive of LGBTQ people;
  • 67 percent report that they’ve heard family members make negative comments about LGBTQ people.
    (quoted from UConn Today, May 15, 2018)

But they also reported some positive trends that show the resilience of LGBTQ young people – even in the face of an often difficult reality:

  • 91 percent of youth report feeling pride in being an LGBTQ person, and 93 percent are proud to be a part of the community.
  • Three out of five LGBTQ students have access to a LGBTQ student club – which has been shown to have a positive impact on the perceptions LGBTQ youth have of their school experiences, and can provide support to those who may face hostile environments at home or in their communities.
    (quoted from UConn Today, May 15, 2018)

You can download this very important report here!

 

About peggychinn

feminist, nurse activist, writer, editor of ANS Advances in Nursing Science, quilter, grandmother nurturing the future of the amazing children in my life.
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