EP33: Supporting LGBTQ Youth

Ellen Kahn

Ellen Kahn is a social worker and Director of the Children, Youth and Families Program at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). We speak with her about HRC's work to serve youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

Published June 4, 2019

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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults.

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Get YRBSS data from high school and middle school surveys conducted during 1991-2017 and Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) data from students aged 13-17 conducted during 2003-2015.

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The Campus Pride HBCU Clearinghouse provides the most up-to-date resource to view each Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) and review a checklist of LGBTQ-inclusive policies, programs and practices.

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Facts About LGBTQ Youth

  • Ninety-five percent of LGBTQ youth report trouble sleeping at night.
  • LGBTQ youth of color and transgender teenagers experience unique challenges and elevated stress.
  • Over 50 percent of trans and gender expansive youth said they can never use school restrooms that align with their gender identity.
  • More than 70 percent report feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness in the past week.

From the HRC / University of Connecticut study

Read the the HRC / University of Connecticut study