At QUEERSPACE collective, we understand the vital importance of creating space for LGBTQ+ youth to show up as their authentic selves, as they face unique challenges that can affect their ability to thrive in adolescence and adulthood.
Here are a few reasons why LGBTQ+ youth are experiencing so many challenges in today’s world:
Mental and Emotional Well-Being: LGBTQ+ youth often face higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts due to discrimination, bullying, and rejection from their families or communities. Supportive and inclusive environments can significantly improve their mental and emotional well-being.
Explore the most recent survey findings from The Trevor Project:
Bullying and Harassment: LGBTQ+ youth are more likely to be targets of bullying and harassment in schools, online, and within their communities. Creating safer spaces and providing resources for them can help combat the negative effects of such experiences.
Homelessness: A disproportionately high number of unhoused youth identify as LGBTQ+. Many are forced to leave their homes due to familial rejection, making it critical to provide supportive services tailored to their unique needs.
Health Disparities: LGBTQ+ youth often face disparities in healthcare access and outcomes, including a lack of culturally competent care. Comprehensive healthcare and support services can help mitigate these disparities.
Access to care is the number one barrier to LGBTQ+ youth, specifically Transgender young people:
Identity Development: Adolescence is a crucial time for identity development, and LGBTQ+ youth may face additional challenges in understanding and embracing their identities. Supportive environments can provide guidance and acceptance during this formative period.
Educational Success: Discrimination
and bullying can impact academic performance. By ensuring that schools are inclusive and have anti-bullying policies in place, LGBTQ+ youth can have a fair chance to succeed academically.
To support our mission and empower LGBTQ+ youth in our communities, you can make a contribution to our Give to the Max Day campaign.
The impact we can achieve when many people come together is immeasurable. It is a testament to the strength of unity, compassion, and shared values.
Together, we can move mountains, change lives, and shape a better world.