Brief: Having pride helps LGBTQ youth

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A report from The Trevor Project found that high levels of LGBTQ pride have a positive effect on queer youth.

Yeah, we know it’s not exactly breaking news.

But the suicide prevention organization has released data from their 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health to show the very real positive impacts.

According to the Project, LGBTQ youth who had high levels of LGBTQ pride had nearly 20% lower odds of attempting suicide in the past year compared to those with lower levels of LGBTQ pride. Among transgender and nonbinary youth, it was even better with high levels of pride associated with nearly 30% lower odds of a past-year suicide attempt.

The information was presented in a research brief available here.

Overall, 85% of LGBTQ youth reported high levels of LGBTQ pride. Nonbinary youth (92%) were the most likely to report high levels of LGBTQ pride, while cisgender boys and men (73%) were the least likely to report high levels of LGBTQ pride. A similar pattern of gender differences in LGBTQ pride was found across all races and ethnicities. Rates of LGBTQ pride were mostly similar across race and ethnicity, ranging from a low of 84% of Asian/Pacific Islander and Black youth to 89% of Native/Indigenous youth. A greater proportion of LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13–17 (88%) reported high levels of pride compared to those ages 18–24 (82%). 

LGBTQ youth who identified as pansexual (92%) were the most likely to report high levels of LGBTQ pride, while those who identified as gay had the lowest levels of LGBTQ pride. Youth who identified as bisexual (83%) were less likely to report high levels of LGBTQ pride than those who identified as pansexual. LGBTQ youth who identified as lesbian (90%) and queer (89%) also had higher levels of LGBTQ pride.  

The Trevor Project said the findings point out the need for even greater inclusivity in messaging and portrayals of the LGBTQ community. Individuals who feel the highest levels of pride in being part of the LGBTQ community may also be most impacted by positive portrayals of LGBTQ people like them. 

They also said the results point to ways the broader LGBTQ community can really help by just celebrating positive messages of pride.