Groundbreaking survey shows Latino LGBT youth feel profoundly disconnected from their families and communities, details steps adults can take to make life better for LGBT youth
WASHINGTON – Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth who identify as Latino face greater rejection from their communities and schools than their non-LGBT Latino counterparts, according to a new report on LGBT Latino youth released today by the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in partnership with The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). The report further analyzes the results of a groundbreaking survey of over 10,000 LGBT-identified young people titled “Growing Up LGBT in America,” and explores the experiences of nearly 2,000 LGBT youth who identified as Latino.
According to the survey, no matter how great the strides toward LGBT equality – from state-approved marriage to employee benefits to school anti-bullying programs – LGBT youth who do not feel loved and supported by their family will face greater challenges both now and in the future.
“The well-being of Latino LGBT youth is fostered by the support of family and trusted adults in their lives,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We must do better in supporting LGBT youth who still fear rejection, being judged and ostracized in school and being rejected from their religious congregations and the broader community.”
“The deck is stacked against young people growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” stated LULAC Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “LULAC is rooted in civic participation and protecting residents from discrimination or indifference along with social ostracism. While we’ve advanced significantly in the last 84 years of LULAC’s existence, unfortunately, far too many LGBT youth and adults are still disaffected and disconnected in their own homes and neighborhoods.”
“As a nation, we are making great strides towards greater equality for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” said Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti. “However, gaining acceptance and understanding is still very difficult for LGBT youth and especially for young LGBT Latinos. This report highlights the need to do more to help Latino families stay strong and supportive of their children’s needs.”
Among the report’s key findings:
This report, the third in a series of efforts to analyze the landscape for LGBT youth, includes a call to action for adults to become an ally to LGBT youth. The report details how to become a strong ally, including taking steps to: educate yourself, find someone to talk to, keep the conversation alive with LGBT youth, and take broad action.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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