Youth.gov Offers New LGBT Section
In early July 2012, the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs unveiled a new topic on its Youth.gov website dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. The section includes comprehensive information and resources for organizations and communities that are interested in providing safe and supportive environments for LGBT youth and their families.
The Working Group is a collaborative of 17 federal agencies that support programs and initiatives that serve youth.
Research About LGBT Youth
A just-released report of findings from a survey of more than 10,000 LGBT youth ages 13–17 found that 42% of youth felt their community is not accepting of LGBT people, and approximately 1 in 4 identified non-accepting families as the most important problem in their lives (Human Rights Campaign, 2012). A 2009 survey of over 7,000 LGBT students in grades 6 through 12 revealed that almost 85% of survey respondents were verbally harassed and more than 40% were physically harassed (e.g., pushed or shoved) at school because of their sexual orientation (Kosciw, Greytak, Diaz, & Bartkiewicz, 2010). Sixty percent reported feeling unsafe at school and 20% had been a victim of physical assault.
In addition to unwelcoming homes and communities as well as frequent bullying at school, many LGBT youth face other major challenges including depression, homelessness and disparities in treatment and care because of bias and inadequate provider knowledge (Ryan, 2009; Ryan, Huebner, Diaz, & Sanchez, 2009; Ray, 2006).
Human Rights Campaign. (2012). Growing up LGBT in America: At home, at school, and in the community. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from
Kosciw, J. G., Greytak, E. A., Diaz, E. M., and Bartkiewicz, M. J. (2010). The 2009 National School Climate Survey: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in our nation’s schools. New York: GLSEN.
Ray, N. (2006). Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth: An epidemic of homelessness. New York: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute and the National Coalition for the Homeless.
Ryan, C. (2009). Helping families support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children. Washington, DC: National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development.
Ryan, C., Huebner, D., Diaz, R. M., & Sanchez, J. (2009). Family rejection as a predictor of negative health outcomes in white and Latino lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults. Pediatrics, 123(1), 346-352.