Healthy development and well-being are essential for youth readiness for college, work and life.
Positive identity formation, parent and peer relations, and community connection are critical protective factors. However, bias, marginalization, violence, and trauma can negatively affect a young person’s 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, research has documented how these risks can affect their well-being. This session will summarize key data and research, and provide information and resources including a blueprint for creating more supportive services and communities for LGBTQ youth.