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WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign and the University of Connecticut released a report on Asian and Pacific Islander (API) LGBTQ youth on Wednesday. The HRC said in a press release that the report, the 2019 LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Youth Report, analyzes responses from nearly 1,200 young people who participated in HRC’s online 2017 LGBTQ Teen Survey, and reveals elevated levels of stress among 13-to-17-year-olds, and a lack of comfort in being open about their identity at home and in school. “While there is power in being both a person of color and LGBTQ, we know that discrimination against people holding multiple marginalized identities can be magnified — and this is true for the many young LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islanders we surveyed,” said Ellen Kahn, HRC Foundation director of the children, youth and families program. “Our findings make it clear that we must address the harmful policies and practices, negative or nonexistent portrayals in the media, challenges in finding culturally competent support and historically maintained systems of racial oppression that complicate the ability of LGBTQ API youth to thrive.”
The report is being released during Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month to further conversations about the intersections of LGBTQ experiences and Asian American and Pacific Islander identities. HRC and researchers at the University of Connecticut found that:
Only 19% of LGBTQ API youth say they can “definitely” be themselves at home, and only 29% say they can “definitely” be themselves in school;
84% of respondents rate their average stress level a 5 or higher on a 10-point scale;
Only 9% of respondents said they would be very comfortable discussing a question about their LGBTQ identity with a counselor;
Over half of transgender and gender-expansive API youth surveyed can never use the restroom that aligns with gender identity at school.