According to data from the 2015-2017 Healthy Minds Study, involving 71 U.S. college campuses, students with nontraditional gender identities reported two to four times as many symptoms of mental health conditions as cisgender students. Co-author Sara Abelson, MPH, of the … read more
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Opioid use disorder has reached an alarming rate in the United States. As a population disproportionately affected by substance use disorders (SUDs), the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community has not been spared from the opioid epidemic. This … read more
Advancing Healthy Outcomes: Eight Ways to Promote the Health and Well-being of LGBTQ+ Youth Involved with Child Welfare through Family First ImplementationSource: Center for the Study of Social Policy
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) marks a substantial movement toward child welfare reform by beginning to bring child welfare financing into alignment with what research tells us is best for children and families: keeping children in their homes … read more
SAMHSA developed this resource guide to assist health professionals in helping LGBTQ people understand health insurance options under ACA, especially for mental health and substance use services. It also includes a brief overview of behavioral health needs, enrollment barriers, and … read more
The California LGBTQ Health & Human Services Network focuses on promoting policies and systems changes to achieve health equity for LGBTQ Californians.This resource provides a list of LGBTQ-led and/or organizations that have special programs serving LGBTQ community members at the … read more
This report is based on 2017 survey responses from 1,700 California-based LGBTQ youth. One finding reported that 36% of LGBTQ youth in California rate coming out as LGBTQ to their parents as extremely stressful. To address the issues facing LGBTQ … read more
Gender nonconforming refers to people whose behaviors and appearance defy the dominant cultural and societal stereotypes of their gender. Gender nonconforming youth, including both highly gender nonconforming and androgynous subgroups, make up a significant segment of the adolescent population in … read more
This chapter reviews research challenges associated with the study of LGBT populations, the research methods and data sources used in studying these populations, and best-practice principles for conducting research on the health of LGBT people. The final section presents a … read more
Cultural Competency for Understanding and Addressing the Prevention Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) PopulationsSource: SAMHSA's Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT)
This webinar discusses definitions of the LGBTQ population, including health determinants, health disparities, and risk and protective factors. Strategies for outreach, engagement, and prevention are discussed that may be considered for local, state, national, and federal agencies.
This November 2016 Teen Vogue interview with Trevor Project’s Deputy Executive Director is a youth-friendly introduction to the Trevor Project’s resources available to LGBTQ youth.
Difference-in-Differences Analysis of the Association Between State Same-Sex Marriage Policies and Adolescent Suicide AttemptsSource: JAMA Pediatrics
This study used state-level Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) data from January 1, 1999, to December 31, 2015. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents between the ages of 15 and 24 years. State same-sex marriage … read more
Factors Impacting Implementation of Evidence-Based Strategies to Create Safe and Supportive Schools for Sexual and Gender Minority StudentsSource: Elsevier
Evidence-based strategies to ensure school safety and supports for SGM youth in the U.S. remain underutilized nationwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends six evidence-based strategies to improve safety and support for sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth … read more
The linked sets of FAQ’s were developed by NASP and Gender Spectrum to guide school psychologists in their daily practice as they consult with teachers, administrators, and parents on ways to ensure that schools are welcoming, safe, and gender inclusive. … read more
Funding Opportunity Announcement: Minority Youth Violence Prevention II: Integrating Social Determinants of Health and Community Policing Approaches
MYVP II will support project interventions tailored to at-risk racial and ethnic minority and/or disadvantaged youth (ages 12-18 years at the start of the project). It requires a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach, including at a minimum a public health agency; a … read more
Language is powerful and influences many of our interactions. As a health care provider, becoming familiar with terms used by LGBT communities can help provide patients with the highest quality care. This glossary does not have every term used by … read more
Fenway Health’s National LGBT Health Education Center developed this glossary for health care teams to use when working with LGBTQ patients. The glossary is updated periodically to reflect language changes over time.
LGBTQ identities are now embraced at many colleges across the U.S. Advocates say that one important starting point for prospective students is to examine a college’s nondiscrimination policies and whether it includes sexual orientation and gender identity. The article also … read more
In the United States today, there remains a persistent lack of routine data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity, including the disparities that affect the LGBTQ—leaving the challenges facing LGBT communities largely unmapped. Collecting more and better data about … read more
The Institute of Medicine and the Joint Commission recommend collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity in health care settings, especially in electronic health records/electronic medical records. These data are essential for providing high-quality, patient-centered care to LGBT individuals … read more
For queer people, the decision to go abroad can come with some added questions: What’s the social and political climate like? Can they be out to their host family? Does the city have a queer scene? In an NPR callout … read more
In 2017, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation partnered with researchers at the University of Connecticut to conduct a groundbreaking survey of over 12,000 LGBTQ youth and capture their experiences in their families, schools, social circles, and communities. The survey findings … read more
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adolescent School Victimization: Implications for Young Adult Health and AdjustmentSource: American School Health Association
This study analyzed the long-term implications of LGBT school victimization and young adult psychosocial health and risk behavior. The findings included that LGBT school victimization is strongly linked to young adult mental health and risk for STDs and HIV, but … read more
This CDC resource page provides an overview of the experiences of violence that LGBTQ youth face, the effects of this violence on their education and health, and what schools and parents can do.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, and/or Gender Nonconforming and Transgender Girls and Boys in the California Juvenile Justice System: A Practice GuideSource: Impact Justice and the National Center for Lesbian Rights
This practice guide is designed to support California probation departments in meeting their obligation to promote the safety and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, and/or gender nonconforming and transgender (LGBQ/GNCT) youth in their care and custody. The guide summarizes … read more
This guide provides information on mental health for older LGBT adults, including considerations around caregiving, legal affairs, rejection and discrimination, and getting the support you need as you move into older adulthood.
The Movement Advancement Project released a summary of research on LGBTQ+ people living with disabilities. This resource describes the unique challenges faced by the estimated 3 million to 5 million LGBTQ+ Americans living with disabilities. It outlines recommendations for advancing … read more
In this report, the California Student Survey (CSS) and the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) datasets were used to study disparities in school experience and well-being between LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ youth in California’s public schools. The study demonstrated that LGBTQ … read more
Mental Health and Suicidality among Racially/Ethnically Diverse Sexual Minority Youth Source: American Journal of Public HealthSource: American Journal of Public Health
The authors used pooled data from 2005 and 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveys to examine the relationships among sexual minority status, sex, and mental health and suicidality, in a racially and ethnically diverse sample of youth. Findings included that sexual … read more
This study analyzed resilience factors among 425 lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth participants. The authors found positive effects of peer and family support, but that they did not significantly dampen the negative effects of victimization. The findings suggest that mental … read more
This review examines research on mentoring for youth who are LGBTQ, intersex, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQI-GNC). A growing body of literature has identified patterns of risks faced by LGBTQI-GNC youth and points also to the types of support that may … read more
Hair can be a powerful tool for gender expression that affirms our gender identity. Gender Spectrum presents a video series, “Navigating Barbershops and Salons,” providing basic tools to help people navigate barbershops.
The January 2017 Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV (KSOC-TV) webcast delved into the intersecting identities of LGBTQI2-S youth of color and the associated challenges they may face, such as trauma, suicide, and resilience. A panel of experts discussed … read more
These videos demonstrate common questions and issues that arise for frontline and clinical staff when asking patients about their sexual orientation and gender identity. These videos are intended to provide a valuable training tool for health care staff looking for … read more
This May 2016 policy report examines the disparities between LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ youth in child welfare settings, and discusses the compounding effects of LGBTQ status and race, ethnicity, and other intersecting identities. The report includes policy strategies to ensure LGBTQ … read more
Out2Enroll is a national initiative to connect LGBT people and their families, friends, and allies with the new health insurance coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act. Website resources include enrollment support; information for assisters; and FAQs on topics … read more
Access to behavioral health services is critical for LGBTQ individuals in the United States. The publication provides guidance for health care advocates and providers to stand up for LGBTQ people in need of access to quality behavior health care.
This brief offers health centers an introduction to providing trauma-informed care for HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). The overall aims are to help health center staff understand the disproportionate prevalence of trauma and stress-related disorders among HIV-positive … read more
Ready, Set, Go! Guidelines and Tips for Collecting Patient Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SO/GI)Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). National LGBT Health Education Center
LGBTQ people experience significant health disparities and require preventive services and treatment interventions tailored to their unique needs. Yet health care providers often do not know the sexual orientation or gender identity (SO/GI) of their patients, leading to missed screenings, … read more
Sexual Minority-Related Victimization as a Mediator of Mental Health Disparities in Sexual Minority Youth: A Longitudinal AnalysisSource: Journal Youth and Adolescence
This study examined minority-specific victimization as a potential explanatory mechanism of sexual minority youth mental health disparities (i.e., higher rates of depression and suicidality). The authors found that this victimization significantly mediated the effect of sexual minority status on depressive … read more
Sexual Orientation and Estimates of Adult Substance Use and Mental Health: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and HealthSource: Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)
This October 2016 SAMHSA analysis provides the first set of findings from NSDUH on substance use and mental health issues for adults by sexual identity. The analysis found that LGB adults were more likely to have substance use and mental … read more
Recent findings suggest that sexual contact inconsistent with an individual’s sexual orientation (i.e., sexual orientation discordance) may increase adolescent suicide risk. Researchers analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of high school students who identified as heterosexual, gay, or lesbian … read more
According to a study analyzing 29 school shootings between 1995-2005 in the U.S., boys who engage in school shootings are more likely to experience emasculating bullying, such as being called gendered or homophobic epithets. Some researchers argue that “toxic masculinity” and the pressure … read more
A study conducted by GLSEN, Supporting Safe and Healthy Schools for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Students, was drawn from a national online survey of 1,741 school mental health professionals (SMHPs) – which included school counselors, psychologists, and social … read more
The Supreme Court has accepted three cases that ask whether federal anti-discrimination laws should apply to sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, putting the court on track to consider high-profile LGBTQ issues after its next term begins this … read more
The Center for Combating Human Trafficking and Youth Collaboratory offers five tips for authentically engaging vulnerable young people. They underscore research that assures us social connections and relationships are a strong protective factor from abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking (among … read more
The objective of this study was to determine whether the social environment surrounding LGB youth may contribute to their higher rates of suicide attempts. The authors found that LGB youth were significantly more likely to attempt suicide in the previous … read more
The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, created this report based on over 34,000 youth respondents, which is the largest survey of LGBTQ youth mental health ever conducted. The Trevor Project’s overall … read more
This report marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. The report addresses alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription drug misuse with chapters dedicated to neurobiology, prevention, treatment, recovery, health systems … read more
This 2012 SAMHSA resource kit from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) aims to raise awareness among prevention specialists and health care providers of the needs, experiences, and health status of LGBTQ Americans. Among other topics, it includes a … read more
This document provides an overview of current research about transgender and gender-expansive youth in California. While more population-based data is needed, the data that follow illustrate critical aspects related to health disparities among this group of young people, including: School-based … read more
The number of self-identifying trans people in the United State is on the rise. This article shares the story of Claire and her parents as they navigate the mental and physical health interventions involved in the path to physical transition. … read more
This guide from Strong Families, a Forward Together initiative, is written to help LGBTQ individuals and families make informed decisions when choosing healthcare plans.