How to find a safe and loving home for LGBTQI youth
Next Big Futures: In 2018, the number of LGBTQI-identified youth has more than doubled, from just under 3% to over 17% according to the latest census data.
In addition to the growing number of trans youth, the LGBTQI population is experiencing an increase in homelessness and sexual and gender-based violence, according to research conducted by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund.
This growing tide of discrimination against LGBTQI communities is further complicated by a lack of resources, education and support.
The lack of services and support is compounded by a culture of bullying and harassment, particularly in youth shelters, which often target LGBTQI teens.
As a result, LGBTQI young people are often forced to live in unsafe, unstable environments and experience limited, isolated and unsafe access to social, academic and vocational programs, which can have long-term effects on their mental health and health-related quality of life.
For LGBTQI youths, a lack and marginalization of services, resources and services can also be life-altering.
LGBTQI Youth’s Lives at Risk While LGBTQI adults are not directly affected by the prevalence of homelessness, there is a disproportionate impact of LGBTQIA youth who experience homelessness, and these young people have the highest risk of experiencing suicide and substance abuse.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three youth (ages 12-19) in the United States are LGBTQI.
While youth suicide rates are lower than for any other age group, LGBTQIA suicide rates have increased dramatically in recent years, according the Transgender Law Center.
As the numbers of LGBTQIQ youth are rising, the transgender community is also experiencing a heightened level of discrimination and hostility toward LGBTQI people and individuals.
In 2017, the Transgender Community Center for Racial Justice in San Francisco, California was forced to close its doors due to discriminatory and homophobic comments from a community member.
In January 2018, LGBTQ+ students were verbally and physically assaulted and threatened by two of their fellow students.
According a statement from the Transgender Student Alliance of America, the incidents occurred at a high school in San Jose, California.
The group said the attackers used a racial slur, and used profanity to refer to the LGBTQIA students.
The attackers reportedly threatened to kill the LGBTQIQ students if they did not leave the classroom.
Transgender youth are often disproportionately affected by a cultural and structural disadvantage that leaves them isolated and unable to build a safe, supportive environment, and is not afforded the opportunities to transition or socialize in a safe way.
As LGBTQIA and trans youth continue to experience discrimination and harassment in society, the consequences can be dire for the mental health of the youth and their families.
The consequences can also become a barrier for young people’s transition to adulthood, which means that LGBTQIA teens can often feel alienated and isolated as they attempt to make their transition.
In some cases, the lack of care for LGBTQIA people is compounded due to the fact that some LGBTQI and trans young people do not have access to mental health services, and are forced to rely on their friends, family and community to support them.
In 2018 the number one cause of death for transgender and LGBTQIA young people was suicide, according Transgender Law and Policy, an advocacy group for LGBTQ youth.
Suicide is a leading cause of deaths for transgender youth and the LGBTQIB (Queer, Inclusive, Black, and Chicano) community, according Trans Lifeline, which provides suicide prevention and advocacy to LGBTQIA, trans and intersex youth.
According the Transgender Lifeline website, youth suicides are the third leading cause death for youth in the U.S. and the fifth leading cause in the world, behind homicide and cancer.
A 2017 survey by the University of Maryland Center for Transgender Health found that LGBTQIB youth, including trans and trans-identifying youth, have a significantly higher suicide rate than their non-LGBTQIB peers, at 17.9 per 100,000 youth.
The survey also found that, of the 5,944 youth surveyed, 1,988 were transgender or LGBTQI, which was one in four transgender youth.
In 2020, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published an updated version of its 2030 report on LGBTI youth.
Based on this report, the UNICEF reported that more than 70% of LGBTQIB children in 2030 had experienced physical violence, including sexual and verbal violence, which the UN has called “cruel, inhumane and degrading.”
In the report, UNICEFs report notes that “LGBTI youth, who experience most forms of violence, are also at particularly high risk of physical and sexual violence in their families, communities, schools, and communities of employment.”
The report also noted that the violence that LGBTQI individuals experience can be so severe that it can result in permanent harm to the body and mental health.
The report recommends that “every nation should enact and implement policies and programs that provide safe, accessible and comprehensive services to LGBTQI adolescents and young people, which