Evidence-Based Roadmap for Supporting and Affirming LGBTQI+ Youth


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a report emphasizing the importance of supporting and affirming LGBTQI+ youth. The report, Moving Beyond Change Efforts: Evidence and Action to Support and Affirm LGBTQI+ Youth highlights the resilience of LGBTQI+ youth when they receive support but also acknowledges the mental health crisis caused by discrimination, rejection, and bullying. 

The report emphasizes that it is normal and healthy for children to identify as LGBTQI+ and that all children should have their sexual orientation or gender identity affirmed and supported.