Addressing LGBTQ Youth Inequalities through Reducing Social Isolation

What programs, policies, and practices can reduce inequalities for LGBTQ youth, especially LGBTQ youth of color?

Despite positive cultural, social, and political progress for the LGBTQ community, inequalities persist in mental, emotional, behavioral, and physical health outcomes for LGBTQ youth compared to their cisgender heterosexual peers. These inequalities may be compounded for LGBTQ youth of color who also face discrimination and harassment based on their racial and ethnic identities. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will convene a multi-day virtual workshop that will bring together researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders to begin identifying the most recent findings about programs, practices, and policies that benefit LGBTQ youth. Participants will examine the interpersonal, organizational, and institutional conditions that may be targeted to reduce inequalities. They will also employ an intersectional approach to explore how programs might be tailored to the specific experiences of LGBTQ youth of color. The National Academies will produce a workshop proceedings that summarizes the information presented and informs the development of a possible consensus study, which may in turn explore the evidence base in depth and provide actionable recommendations for practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers, and youth and their families.

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