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New survey shows black LGBTQ youth are at higher risk of discrimination

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WASHINGTON — The HRC Foundation and the University of Connecticut released the Black & African American LGBTQ Report on Friday, which showed that LGBTQ are at a higher risk of discrimination.

Some of the findings include:

  • More than three-fourths of Black and African American LGBTQ youth who responded to the survey have heard family members say negative things about LGBTQ people, and nearly half have been taunted or mocked by family for being LGBTQ.
  • Eighty percent “usually” feel depressed, down, worried, nervous or panicked. Nearly half feel critical of their LGBTQ identities.
  • Sixty-seven percent of respondents — and 82 percent of transgender and gender-expansive youth — have been verbally insulted because of their LGBTQ identity.
  • Ninety percent of respondents have experienced racial discrimination, and only five percent believe Black and African American people are regarded positively in the U.S.
  • Sixty-three percent of Black and African American transgender and gender-expansive youth try to avoid using the restroom during the school day.

“We must confront the very real and present discrimination and institutional obstacles that prevent too many Black and African American LGBTQ young people from fully thriving and living as who they are,” said Ellen Kahn, HRC Foundation Director of the Children, Youth & Families Program, in a press release. “Messages that reinforce stigma and shame, racist rhetoric from elected officials, and inequitable systems of care complicate the ability of Black and African American LGBTQ youth to fully express and explore their intersecting racial and LGBTQ identities.”

The report analyzes responses from nearly 1,700 young people, ranging in age from 13 to 17, who participated in HRC’s online 2017 LGBTQ Teen Survey.

You can read the entire report here.

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