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Family acceptance and support are significant factors that promote well-being and protection from risks for all youth, including LGBT youth.1 The meaning of family varies by personal, cultural, and other factors and can include individuals who are not biologically or legally related to a youth (i.e., families of choice).2 Family ...
Young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) enter the child welfare system for reasons similar to those of other children and youth—that is, their birth families cannot provide a safe, stable, and nurturing home. In some cases, families reject, neglect, or abuse young people when they ...
There are many opportunities each year to learn more about and celebrate LGBT diversity. Some of these events are hosted by particular organizations, such as the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), while others are days, weeks and months recognized by the LGBT community at large. The following is ...
Almeida, J., Johnson, R. M., Corliss, H. L., Molnar, B. E., & Azrael, D. (2009). Emotional distress among LGBT youth: The influence of perceived discrimination based on sexual orientation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38(7), 1001‒1014. American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, Association for ...
Currently, there is no universally accepted acronym for the community or communities of youth who are not heterosexual and express their gender in diverse ways. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth each represent distinct populations with particular and sometimes unique experiences.1 This topic page uses “LGBT” as an umbrella ...
Sexual orientation and gender are important aspects of a young person’s identity....
Homelessness is a devastating experience that has a significant negative impact on an individual’s physical and mental health, well-being, functioning, human development, and life trajectory—and LGBT runaway and homeless youth are at high risk for a number of negative experiences and outcomes.1 Recent studies, as well as anecdotal evidence from ...
LGBT youth represent at least 13 percent of the total detained population in the juvenile justice system.1 Some LGBT youth become involved in the system for violating laws for reasons unrelated to their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Others may become involved through pathways that are associated with their sexual ...
Although many youth experience a smooth transition into adulthood and the workforce, some encounter challenges in finding or maintaining employment. Because LGBT youth may experience less supportive school environments than their non-LGBT peers, they may struggle in school and, in turn, have higher school dropout rates or have lower aspirations ...
Some LGBT youth experience supportive, welcoming school environments where they are physically and emotionally safe and their LGBT identity is respected, or even embraced. Others may experience unwelcoming, unsafe, and unsupportive conditions in schools. Research has found that LGBT youth are more likely to experience stress and fear in school ...
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