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New HRC Report on LGBT Youth Links Being Out to Happiness, Other Positive Life Factors

Today is National Coming Out Day, and HRC is celebrating, in part, by releasing a new report on the coming out experiences of LGBT youth. The National Coming Out Day report further analyzes the results of Growing Up LGBT in America, our groundbreaking survey of over 10,000 LGBT-identified youth.

The report shows that LGBT youth who are able to be out to their immediate family or at school report higher levels of happiness, optimism, acceptance and support. At the same time we learned that only 56 percent of LGBT youth are out to their immediate family and just 61 percent are out at school.

The report also finds youth who are not out often face additional stressors and are more likely to be cut off from key forms of support including adults in their family or community to talk to and support organizations at school. Half of LGBT youth, both out and not, participate in online communities that address LGBT youth issues.

Importantly, 9 out of 10 LGBT youth (91 percent) across this country are out to their close friends. Friends matter and can play a large role in supporting LGBT youth.

We all must help create environments where LGBT youth can be themselves – and feel safe and supported while doing so. The report includes a call to action for LGBT youth, their peers, parents, teachers, elected officials and religious leaders.

Find a full copy of the report, the second in a series of efforts to analyze the landscape for LGBT youth, at www.hrc.org/youth.

For more information on National Coming Out Day, visit our new Coming Out Center.

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