eQuality Learning Session: The Importance of Intersectionality in LGBTQ Youth Mental Health
LGBTQ youth are at increased risk for poor mental health outcomes, including suicide, compared to their cisgender and heterosexual peers. This increased risk is not due to being LGBTQ in and of itself, but is instead due to the way they are treated. However, not all LGBTQ youth experience the same things. LGBTQ youth holding multiple marginalized identities, such as Asian-American transgender youth, are at risk for experiencing stressors as a result of these multiple identities (e.g. racism and anti-trans discrimination) and may therefore be at even higher risk for poor mental health.
This presentation will explain this concept in depth and explore some of the findings from The Trevor Project’s 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health to illustrate it. It will also provide constructive ways to ensure interventions are not reduced to a one-size-fits-all approach.