There is never a good time to bring up a difficult topic but while I revel in the holidays – a lot of LGBQ youth find this time especially difficult. So even though it may seem inopportune to broach the subject, I wanted to share a report that has found a “startling rise in U.S. suicide rates” and more disturbing is the news that LGBQ teens are at far greater risk.
Researchers from San Diego State University recently conducted an experiment, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, to analyze suicide attempts among America’s youth.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning teens were found to be more than four times as likely to attempt suicide.
The risk for gay, bisexual and questioning males was even higher, with nearly 39% of bisexual boys indicating they had considered suicide. Researchers lacked data on gender identity or trans youth, who may have an even higher risk.
I don’t think that my friends and family who are not LGBTQ can quite fathom the impact the messages coming from the Trump administration have. I was traumatized by the AIDS crisis and Reagan’s heartless response in the 1980s and it breaks my heart to think that in many of today’s youth may feel the same way. While it truly does get better, when you feel isolated, telling someone to hang in there isn’t exactly a hopeful message. We need to do more for these kids. If you’d like to read the article that inspired this post, click here. If you’d like to help, you can volunteer or make a donation to The Samaratins and or The Trevor Project.