New Study Shows LGBTQ Youth Feel Anxious And Depressed

People in the LGBTQ community are at an increased risk for mental illness like depression and suicidal ideation, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, as well as physical health issues like cardiovascular disease and insomnia. But, while there have been many studies focused on these types of connections, there’s been a serious lack of data on young people in the LGBTQ community, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — [particularly transgender youth](https://www.glsen.org/northeast-ohio-chapter/article/lack-data-about-transgender-people. The organization is now working to fill that gap.

A new study published by the HRC and the University of Connecticut this week surveyed more than 12,000 LGBTQ teens age 13 to 17 across the United States. The results revealed that young people in the LGBTQ community are experiencing extreme levels of stress and anxiety, and that many feel unsafe in school, at home, and in their daily lives.

Approximately 77% percent of those surveyed reported feeling depressed in the last week, with 95% experiencing trouble sleeping. More than 70% of the people surveyed reported feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness.

The results also revealed specific concerns held by youth of color and transgender youth in the LGBTQ community: Only 11% of the teenagers of color surveyed said they feel that their racial or ethnic group is seen or treated positively in the U.S, and more than 50% of transgender teens said they can never use school bathrooms that aligns with their gender identity.

Beyond that, many of the people surveyed reported struggles they’ve faced with their families. Approximately 67% responded that they’ve heard family members make negative comments about LGBTQ people, and 78% said those negative comments influenced their decisions not to come out. Nearly half of the people who are out to their families said their families make them feel bad about their identity. And for transgender youth, it’s even worse: The study results showed that trans youth are more than twice as likely to be taunted or mocked by their families than cisgender-identifying LGBTQ youth. Furthermore, LGBTQ youth of color were found to be even more likely to deal with negativity and mocking from their families than their white peers. Considering how large of a role family support can play in feeling that your identity is valid and feeling comfortable in your own skin; the lack of it can certainly take its toll — and, if the the HRC study is any indication, it does.

Other findings from the study show that young LGBTQ people are especially affected by sexual violence, experience hostile or negative school environments, and hear slurs on a daily basis. And they don’t always get much support for if and when that happens. HRC reported that approximately 3 in 5 students have access to a Gay Straight Alliance or similar support group through school or elsewhere.

“These harrowing statistics show the devastating toll rejection by family and peers, bullying and harassment, and apathy on the part of too many adults is having on America’s young people,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement released with the study. “When this administration rescinds guidance protecting transgender students, or when lawmakers attempt to grant a license to discriminate to schools, colleges, and universities, it further erodes the fragile landscape for young people across the nation.”

As many activists and LGBTQ people have previously pointed out, it can be easy to concentrate on and get bogged down by the hardships that the community faces and totally ignore positive narratives. But there’s a lot of pride to be found in your own personal identity. And the HRC study highlighted that as well. While many young LGBTQ people experience anxiety and depression, 91% reported feeling pride in their identity, and 93% feel proud to be a member of the LGBTQ community.

Overall, the survey is an important reminder that there’s still an incredible lack of acceptance and support for many people in the LGBTQ community — which can be especially devastating for young people without much-needed support systems.

Fortunately, many young activists and advocates have made huge strides for positive representation and continue to bring hope to the community. Many people in the LGBTQ community and allies are making a positive difference all over the globe — writing important work that makes young LGBTQ people feel more seen, and leading movements full of love and hope.

Still, because of the ongoing challenges the LGBTQ community faces, it’s worth brushing up on how to be a good ally even if you don’t identify as LGBTQ yourself. It can be as simple as offering a shoulder or a listening ear, or standing up against people who use derogatory or hateful language.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide,

call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or

text Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

Related:We Should All Know the Names of These LGBTQ Changemakers

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New Study Shows LGBTQ Youth Feel Anxious And Depressed