Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

The deck is stacked against LGBT youth, and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine is taking a stand.

In a position paper released in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine outlined its recommendations to promote the health and well-being of LGBT youth.

The report calls for all healthcare professionals to be trained to provide competent and nonjudgmental care of LGBT youth.

Additionally, the report urges the healthcare providers and professionals to consider the impact of developmental processes ­ such as the journey to coming out, ­ as well as the potentially discriminatory environment in which an LGBT youth may endure.

The report substantiates the groundbreaking survey HRC released last year, which highlighted the stark picture of the realities LGBT youth must face.

Over 90 percent of LGBT youth say they hear negative messaging about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

LGBT youth also are at increased risk for physical assault, and are four times more likely than their straight counterparts to be harassed online. LGBT youth are also twice as likely as their peers to face relentless verbal abuse.

Additionally, the majority of LGBT homeless youth, who make up more than 30 percent of the total youth homeless population, cite family rejection as a cause, according to a Williams Institute study.

It is the responsibility of all adults to ensure a safe environment in which all children can grow and thrive. To learn more about HRC's youth survey, Growing Up LGBT in America, visit

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