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Resources for Supporting LGBTQ Youth

Healthy development depends on the interplay between protective and risk factors that affect a child through early adulthood. Identity formation, parent and peer relations, and connection to community. Research reveals that experiencing marginalization, physical or verbal threats, discrimination, victimization, and trauma can negatively affect physical, social, emotional, and mental health. For youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) or questioning (Q) their sexual orientation or gender identity, these risks present particular challenges to their well-being.

The following resources are intended to help identify and implement responsive and inclusive services for youth who are LGBT or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. They promote the mental, emotional, and behavioral health of LGBTQ youth and create safe schools where LGBTQ students are free to learn without fear of violence or discrimination.

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