The Trevor Project keeps a close eye on certain types of state legislation that can improve the mental health of LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Project closely coordinates with volunteers, advocates, and partner organizations at the state and local level to support passage and implementation of policies that improve the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ youth. Focusing on policies that encourage access to mental health care, suicide prevention training for educators and providers, protections for homeless youth, nondiscrimination for LGBTQ youth, and elimination of practices that harm LGBTQ youth such as sexual orientation change efforts, Trevor hopes to address health disparities which place LGBTQ youth at higher risk for suicide. Trevor supports the advocacy efforts of state and local partners through a coalition centered approach, providing resources such as advocacy training, legislative drafting, model policies, strategic advice, and other technical assistance.
State Policy Priorities For LGBTQ Youth:
- Only a few states require suicide prevention training for their educators.
- Some states actually limit access to mental health care for youth.
- Several states have laws that may stigmatize and isolate LGBTQ young people.
- Many states don’t collect crucial data about the health and behaviors of LGBTQ youth.
- Almost all states allow sexual orientation change efforts, dangerous and discredited practices which can harm LGBTQ youth.
Take a Look at the Current Laws and Policies Affecting LGBTQ Youth in Your State:
“NO PROMO HOMO” AND “DON’T SAY GAY” LAWS
Laws that stigmatize LGBTQ students