The deck is stacked against young people growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) in America. Official government discrimination or indifference along with social ostracism leaves many teens disaffected and disconnected in their own homes and neighborhoods. With an increase in public awareness about anti-LGBT bullying and harassment and the strikingly high number of LGBT youth who are homeless, in foster care, or living in high-risk situations, it is critical that we get a better understanding of the experiences, needs, and concerns of LGBT youth.
HRC’s report, Growing Up LGBT in America, is a groundbreaking survey of more than 10,000 LGBT-identified youth ages 13-17. This is the largest known sample of LGBT youth from every region of the country, from urban, suburban and rural communities, and from a wide variety of social, cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds.
It provides a stark picture of the difficulties they face – the impact on their well-being is profound, however these youth are quite resilient. They find safe havens among their peers, online and in their schools. They remain optimistic and believe things will get better. Nevertheless, the findings are a call to action for all adults who want ensure that young people can thrive.
Over the next several months, the Human Rights Campaign will be engaging in additional analysis that will provide a better understanding of the unique experiences of specific groups of youth, for example those living in conservative states, transgender youth, those of different races, religious traditions, and so on.
Learn more about the survey by downloading the PDF.
Source: Human Rights Campaign/Youth