LGBTQ youth are not inherently prone to suicide risk because of their sexual orientation or gender identity but rather placed at higher risk because of how they are mistreated and stigmatized in society.
Each one of us can play a vital role in ensuring that all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, are provided with safe, accepting, and supportive environments at home, at school and in their communities.
The Trevor Project acknowledges that every LGBTQ young person’s situation and environment is different. We want to share some tips to help LGBTQ youth navigate personal safety while channeling their energy into meaningful action online or in person.
For some of us, accessing the supportive and fabulous communities we deserve can be hard to do offline. That’s why Instagram can be a great place to engage with LGBTQ inclusive and lifeaffirming content and communities.
Certain risk factors can increase a person’s risk for suicide. Keep in mind that recognizing these factors in yourself or others does not automatically mean you are suicidal or that someone is considering suicide.
Black LGBTQ young people hold multiple marginalized identities. Under the minority stress model, experiences of discrimination, rejection, threats, and violence are compounded, and can lead to negative mental health outcomes.
An umbrella term used to describe people who are not heterosexual and/or cisgender. “Queer” has been reclaimed by LGBTQ communities since its historical use as a slur against LGBTQ people and is now widely used among LGBTQ people and in institutional and formal settings. Some colleges have programs in Queer Studies, where students can learn about the history, culture, and advancements of LGBTQ+ people. Many people appreciate the way that queer can be used a term to include everyone in the LGBTQ+ community, without listing letters of the acronym (LGBTQ), which leaves key groups of people unlisted.
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