October 10, 2012 | by WBadmin
HRC identifies key struggles for gay youth in groundbreaking survey

Human Rights Campaign, HRC, headquarters, gay news, Washington Blade

“…today’s LGBT youth are still members of the only minority group ‘born into an enemy camp,’ subject to [family disapproval] rather than loving support” (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

WASHINGTON — After surveying 10,000 American LGBT-identified youth ages 13-17 across all demographics, the Human Rights Campaign’s “Growing up LGBT” survey has found that 92 percent of LGBT youth hear negative messages about being LGBT from school, the internet or their peers.

“Despite many civil rights advances, today’s LGBT youth are still members of the only minority group ‘born into an enemy camp,’ subject to family and community disapproval and animus rather than loving support,” said Jack Dreshcer, MD of the American Psychiatric Association and New York Medical College. “The HRC survey’s findings present significant challenged to families, educators, clergy, mental health professionals, policy makers and government officials concerned about the well-being of LGBT youth.”

The survey also found that despite the fact that 90 percent of respondents are out to close friends, 42 percent say the community they live in is not LGBT friendly.

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