According to data from the 2015-2017 Healthy Minds Study, involving 71 U.S. college campuses, students with nontraditional gender identities reported two to four times as many symptoms of mental health conditions as cisgender students. Co-author Sara Abelson, MPH, of the … read more
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Primary care services can play an important role in improving health outcomes and reducing mortality. This toolkit provides clinics with guidance and resources to implement recommendations that are likely to improve services for sexual and gender minority (SGM) people and … read more
Opioid use disorder has reached an alarming rate in the United States. As a population disproportionately affected by substance use disorders (SUDs), the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community has not been spared from the opioid epidemic. This … read more
Although there are only an estimated 1.4 million people in the United States who identify as transgender, current statistics shows they are more likely to serve in the military than their peers. According to participants in this research study, negotiating … read more
Advancing Healthy Outcomes: Eight Ways to Promote the Health and Well-being of LGBTQ+ Youth Involved with Child Welfare through Family First ImplementationSource: Center for the Study of Social Policy
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) marks a substantial movement toward child welfare reform by beginning to bring child welfare financing into alignment with what research tells us is best for children and families: keeping children in their homes … read more
SAMHSA developed this resource guide to assist health professionals in helping LGBTQ people understand health insurance options under ACA, especially for mental health and substance use services. It also includes a brief overview of behavioral health needs, enrollment barriers, and … read more
Alternatives to Monogamy Among Gay Male Couples in a Community Survey: Implications for Mental Health and Sexual RiskSource: Archives of Sexual Behavior
The researchers examined the psychological and behavioral impact of same-sex relationships on the health of gay and bisexual men who identified as single or in monogamous, “monogamish,” or open relationships. The authors found that being in same-sex monogamous or monogamish … read more
This brochure discusses caring for your mental health as an LGBTQ+ young adult, including information on sexual orientation, gender identity, and coming out; healthy relationships; common mental health challenges and their symptoms; when to reach out for support; and your … read more
This report is based on 2017 survey responses from 1,700 California-based LGBTQ youth. One finding reported that 36% of LGBTQ youth in California rate coming out as LGBTQ to their parents as extremely stressful. To address the issues facing LGBTQ … read more
Gender nonconforming refers to people whose behaviors and appearance defy the dominant cultural and societal stereotypes of their gender. Gender nonconforming youth, including both highly gender nonconforming and androgynous subgroups, make up a significant segment of the adolescent population in … read more
Depression and Anxiety Changes Among Sexual and Gender Minority People Coinciding with Onset of COVID-19 PandemicSource: US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health
With SARS-COV-2 recently sweeping the globe, the population is experiencing a group stressor unlike any phenomenon in this country in the last century. The PRIDE study, a longitudinal cohort of sexual and gender minority people, was included in this COVID-19 … read more
This November 2016 Teen Vogue interview with Trevor Project’s Deputy Executive Director is a youth-friendly introduction to the Trevor Project’s resources available to LGBTQ youth.
Difference-in-Differences Analysis of the Association Between State Same-Sex Marriage Policies and Adolescent Suicide AttemptsSource: JAMA Pediatrics
This study used state-level Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) data from January 1, 1999, to December 31, 2015. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents between the ages of 15 and 24 years. State same-sex marriage … read more
Disclosure and Concealment of Sexual Orientation and the Mental Health of Non-Gay-Identified, Behaviorally-Bisexual MenSource: Journal Consultation Clinical Psychology
Previous studies had suggested that greater concealment and less disclosure of sexual orientation may contribute to the lower levels of mental health in bisexual men relative to gay men. This study found that greater concealment was associated with more depressive … read more
This study examines the associations between multiple types of discrimination and past year mental health disorders in a national sample of 577 LGB adults. The authors found that sexual orientation discrimination was associated with past year disorder only in combination … read more
This policy brief examines differences in health care access, health behaviors, and health outcomes by sexual orientation among California adults. Using data from the California Health Interview Survey, the study finds that although lesbian, gay, and bisexual women and men … read more
The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey had 27,715 respondents to their survey examining the experiences of transgender people in the U.S. The Executive Summary reports their experiences as involving pervasive mistreatment and violence, harmful effects on physical and mental health, severe … read more
The purpose of these guidelines is to assist psychologists in the provision of culturally competent, developmentally appropriate, and trans-affirmative psychological practice with transgender and gender nonconforming people. The appendix includes a list of terminology and definitions.
This report describes and compares health and health care access among transgender, nonbinary, and cisgender participants.
Health Disparities Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Older Adults: Results From a Population-Based StudySource: American Journal of Public Health
The authors investigated health disparities among lesbian, gay, and bisexual older adults, utilizing data from the 2003-2010 Washington State Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (n = 96 992). They found that LGB older adults had higher risk of disability, poor … read more
LGBTQ youth of color and trans and nonbinary youth are disproportionately affected by homelessness and mental health issues.
This article offers tips that include paying attention to provider specialties and reading the therapist’s profile to see if they explicitly talk about LGBTQ.
Intersectional experiences, stigma-related stress, and psychological health among Black LGBQ individualsSource: Pub Med
The study demonstrates that multiple axes of oppression can jointly shape daily events and predict fluctuations in psychological health.
Is It Okay To Ask: Transgender Patient Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Collection in HealthcareSource: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
This study is one of the first to recruit a national sample of transgender patients to explore their views on the importance of collecting Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity (SO/GI) data in healthcare settings and their preferred methods of disclosure. These findings … read more
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adolescent School Victimization: Implications for Young Adult Health and AdjustmentSource: American School Health Association
This study analyzed the long-term implications of LGBT school victimization and young adult psychosocial health and risk behavior. The findings included that LGBT school victimization is strongly linked to young adult mental health and risk for STDs and HIV, but … read more
This CDC resource page provides an overview of the experiences of violence that LGBTQ youth face, the effects of this violence on their education and health, and what schools and parents can do.
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The new annual national survey carried out by The Trevor Project highlights mental health disparities among LGBTQ youth. This publication includes results of the third annual national survey on the mental health of LGBTQ youth. The findings reveal the consequences … read more
Mental Health and Suicidality among Racially/Ethnically Diverse Sexual Minority Youth Source: American Journal of Public HealthSource: American Journal of Public Health
The authors used pooled data from 2005 and 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveys to examine the relationships among sexual minority status, sex, and mental health and suicidality, in a racially and ethnically diverse sample of youth. Findings included that sexual … read more
Household income and rural living were significantly associated with a higher risk for substance use outcomes.
This study analyzed resilience factors among 425 lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth participants. The authors found positive effects of peer and family support, but that they did not significantly dampen the negative effects of victimization. The findings suggest that mental … read more
The report assesses the performance of our health care system and identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses, as well as disparities, for access to health care and quality of health care. Data show differences in utilization of mental health care … read more
This directory is an interactive digital resource that helps queer and trans people of color (QTPoC) locate QTPoC mental health practitioners across the country.
This third annual survey provides brand new data on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health care disparities, discrimination, food insecurity, conversion therapy, and suicide — in addition to the benefits of LGBTQ-affirming spaces and respecting the pronouns of … read more
New Research Underscores Mental Health Disparities Faced By Diverse LGBTQ Youth Amid COVID-19 & BeyondSource: The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project’s third annual National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health emphasizes the need for greater investment in mental health care and intersectional policy solutions to confront the public health crisis of suicide. 42% of LGBTQ youth, including more … read more
The January 2017 Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV (KSOC-TV) webcast delved into the intersecting identities of LGBTQI2-S youth of color and the associated challenges they may face, such as trauma, suicide, and resilience. A panel of experts discussed … read more
Out2Enroll is a national initiative to connect LGBT people and their families, friends, and allies with the new health insurance coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act. Website resources include enrollment support; information for assisters; and FAQs on topics … read more
The first LGBTQ TA Center issue brief addresses the health disparities that impact the mental health of LGBTQ older adults. Seniors who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning can be the least likely to access health and social … read more
In this research article, the relationship between prior military service, identity stigma, and mental health among transgender older adults is identified. By identifying the role of military service in the mental health of transgender older adults, this study provides insights … read more
Access to behavioral health services is critical for LGBTQ individuals in the United States. The publication provides guidance for health care advocates and providers to stand up for LGBTQ people in need of access to quality behavior health care.
This brief offers health centers an introduction to providing trauma-informed care for HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). The overall aims are to help health center staff understand the disproportionate prevalence of trauma and stress-related disorders among HIV-positive … read more
Ready, Set, Go! Guidelines and Tips for Collecting Patient Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SO/GI)Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). National LGBT Health Education Center
LGBTQ people experience significant health disparities and require preventive services and treatment interventions tailored to their unique needs. Yet health care providers often do not know the sexual orientation or gender identity (SO/GI) of their patients, leading to missed screenings, … read more
The findings, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, indicate that the intersection of multiple social identities may compound suicide risk for some lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals.
This article addresses LGBTQ+ disparities related to access to care, paying for care, mental health, physical health, and financial planning.
Risk and Resilience During Transgender Identity Development: The Effects of Awareness and Engagement with Other Transgender People on AffectSource: Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health
This study evaluates how awareness and engagement with other transgender people influences risk and resilience during early gender identity development. The results indicate that for both MTF and FTM trans individuals, having prior awareness that other trans people exist and … read more
This resource defines LGBTQ+ mental health, tips for fostering wellbeing, and signs to recognize mental health issues. Everyone has mental health, but it can look different based on cultural factors and social group identities like sexual and gender identity.
This resource offers tips and activities for self-care for incarcerated individuals. Topics include positive affirmations, breathing exercises, meditation, mindfulness, grounding techniques, and using creativity.
Sexual Minority-Related Victimization as a Mediator of Mental Health Disparities in Sexual Minority Youth: A Longitudinal AnalysisSource: Journal Youth and Adolescence
This study examined minority-specific victimization as a potential explanatory mechanism of sexual minority youth mental health disparities (i.e., higher rates of depression and suicidality). The authors found that this victimization significantly mediated the effect of sexual minority status on depressive … read more
Sexual Orientation and Estimates of Adult Substance Use and Mental Health: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and HealthSource: Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)
This October 2016 SAMHSA analysis provides the first set of findings from NSDUH on substance use and mental health issues for adults by sexual identity. The analysis found that LGB adults were more likely to have substance use and mental … read more
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Change Efforts and Suicide Morbidity Among Sexual and Gender Minority Adults in ColombiaSource: Williams Institute
This article examines the prevalence of suicidal ideation, planning, and attempts of LGBTQ adults.
Recent findings suggest that sexual contact inconsistent with an individual’s sexual orientation (i.e., sexual orientation discordance) may increase adolescent suicide risk. Researchers analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of high school students who identified as heterosexual, gay, or lesbian … read more
This study examined associations between stress and mental health among HIV-negative and –positive midlife and older gay men. Findings included that sexual minority stress and aging-related stress were appeared detrimental to mental health. A sense of mastery partially mediated these … read more
According to a study analyzing 29 school shootings between 1995-2005 in the U.S., boys who engage in school shootings are more likely to experience emasculating bullying, such as being called gendered or homophobic epithets. Some researchers argue that “toxic masculinity” and the pressure … read more
Successful Aging Among LGBT Older Adults: Physical and Mental Health-Related Quality of Life by Age GroupSource: The Gerontologist
This study is the first to examine physical and mental health-related quality of life, as an indicator of successful aging, among LGBT older adults. Utilizing a Resilience Framework, the authors found that quality of life is negatively associated with discrimination … read more
This January 2014 report was developed with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The major finding is the exceptionally high prevalence of lifetime suicide attempts reported by all respondents. The report authors identify mental health factors and experiences of harassment, … read more
A study conducted by GLSEN, Supporting Safe and Healthy Schools for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Students, was drawn from a national online survey of 1,741 school mental health professionals (SMHPs) – which included school counselors, psychologists, and social … read more
Talking, Gawking, or Getting It Done: Provider Trainings to Increase Cultural and Clinical Competence for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Patients and ClientsSource: Sexuality Research & Social Policy
This article presents a set of preliminary policy recommendations regarding cultural competency trainings for health care providers to improve service delivery to transgender and gender-nonconforming clients. The authors propose policy recommendations to guide curriculum developers and trainers in developing content … read more
This brief provides unique population-level data on LGB adults aged 50-70. The authors find that these adults have higher rates of several serious chronic physical and mental health conditions than similar heterosexual adults, higher levels of mental health service use, … read more
This study found a significant impact of minority stressors on mental health and substance use among sexual minority women. The authors recommend that health care professionals should assess sexual minority women for minority stress and coping resources, and refer as … read more
The Center for Combating Human Trafficking and Youth Collaboratory offers five tips for authentically engaging vulnerable young people. They underscore research that assures us social connections and relationships are a strong protective factor from abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking (among … read more
The Relationship Between Discrimination and Substance Use Disorders Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the United StatesSource: American Journal of Public Health
This study examined the associations between three types of discrimination (sexual orientation, race, and gender) and substance use disorders in a large national sample. The results indicated that more than two-thirds of LGB adults reported at least one type of … read more
The objective of this study was to determine whether the social environment surrounding LGB youth may contribute to their higher rates of suicide attempts. The authors found that LGB youth were significantly more likely to attempt suicide in the previous … read more
The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, created this report based on over 34,000 youth respondents, which is the largest survey of LGBTQ youth mental health ever conducted. The Trevor Project’s overall … read more
This report marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. The report addresses alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription drug misuse with chapters dedicated to neurobiology, prevention, treatment, recovery, health systems … read more
This 2012 SAMHSA resource kit from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) aims to raise awareness among prevention specialists and health care providers of the needs, experiences, and health status of LGBTQ Americans. Among other topics, it includes a … read more
This document provides an overview of current research about transgender and gender-expansive youth in California. While more population-based data is needed, the data that follow illustrate critical aspects related to health disparities among this group of young people, including: School-based … read more
The Health Equity Roundtable (“Roundtable”) is a program of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, designed to help the health care industry tackle some of the important health disparities by soliciting input and information from those individuals most directly impacted … read more
Communication is a key component to achieving and improving health literacy. Communication and language barriers affect consumers’ abilities to communicate with providers and their understanding of health concepts and procedures. Barriers to effective communication can also limit consumers’ ability to … read more
This guide from Strong Families, a Forward Together initiative, is written to help LGBTQ individuals and families make informed decisions when choosing healthcare plans.