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Trevor Project says LGBTQ, gender-affirming spaces help prevent suicide

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NEW YORK — LGBTQ youth who reported having at least one LGBTQ-affirming space had 35% reduced odds of reporting a suicide attempt in the past year, the Trevor Project said on Thursday.

The project said this was found out from data of their 2020 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health to examine the association between access to affirming spaces and suicide attempts.

The survey also found that transgender and nonbinary youth who reported having at least one gender-affirming space had 25% reduced odds of reporting a suicide attempt in the past year.

The majority (62%) of LGBTQ youth who were enrolled in school stated that their school was LGBTQ-affirming. However, only 43% of LGBTQ youth reported that home was an LGBTQ-affirming space, 36% (among those employed) reported that their workplace was LGBTQ affirming, and 29% reported that events in their community were LGBTQ-affirming.

Other spaces that were LGBTQ affirming including the home of a friend or romantic partner, church, therapy, Pride-related events, LGBTQ bars and clubs, and theatre.

Graphic from The Trevor Project

Additionally, more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth (55%) reported that their school was gender-affirming. Only 42% of transgender and nonbinary youth reporting that their home was gender-affirming, and 36% reported that events in their community were gender-affirming. More than one-third of transgender and nonbinary youth who were employed said that their work was gender-affirming. The top additional gender-affirming spaces described by youth included the homes of friends and romantic partners, therapy, LGBTQ centers and Pride events, conventions, and church. 

The full research brief is available here.

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